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Kanazaki double sends Antlers into Emperor's Cup quarterfinals

Mu Kanazaki struck twice as Kashima Antlers advanced to the quarterfinals of the Emperor's Cup with a 4-2 win over bitter J. League rivals Urawa Reds on Wednesday night. Kanazaki, whose brace in the second leg of the J. League championship final against Reds earned Antlers a record eighth league title ...

Vegalta beat Tosu to boost survival chances

/ Sep 10, 2017

Vegalta beat Tosu to boost survival chances

Naoki Ishihara struck on either side of halftime as Vegalta Sendai defeated Sagan Tosu 4-1 to collect a crucial three points in the J. League survival race Sunday. In the only top-flight game of the day, Ishihara opened the scoring in the 11th minute before ...

FC Tokyo fires manager Shinoda

/ Sep 10, 2017

FC Tokyo fires manager Shinoda

FC Tokyo dismissed manager Yoshiyuki Shinoda on grounds of the team's poor performance with immediate effect, the J. League first-division club said on Sunday. Assistant Takayoshi Anma, who has been with the club since 2015, was named caretaker. Reportedly for next season, Tokyo is chasing ...

Kanazaki carries league-leading Antlers past Ardija

/ Sep 9, 2017

Kanazaki carries league-leading Antlers past Ardija

The Kashima Antlers edged relegation-threatened Omiya Ardija 1-0 on Saturday to move six points clear at the top of the table as J. League first-division action resumed after the international break. Mu Kanazaki fired Kashima in front with his 10th goal of the season in ...

Vissel's Leandro undergoes season-ending knee surgery

/ Sep 8, 2017

Vissel's Leandro undergoes season-ending knee surgery

Leandro is done for the J. League season and beyond after the Vissel Kobe striker was ruled out for eight to nine months with a damaged left anterior cruciate ligament, the team announced Friday. Leandro, the league's joint top scorer last season with 19 goals ...

Okuno strikes twice as Sendai stuns Kashima

/ Aug 30, 2017

Okuno strikes twice as Sendai stuns Kashima

Hiroaki Okuno struck twice in the second half as Vegalta Sendai stunned J. League champions Kashima Antlers 3-1 in the first leg of the Levain Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday. Yoshihiro Nakano broke the deadlock on the hour for Sendai, which is currently 12th in the ...

Frontale give up appeal against controversial flag punishment

/ Aug 25, 2017

Frontale give up appeal against controversial flag punishment

Kawasaki Frontale will not file an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over being disciplined over a controversial wartime Japanese flag, the J. League first-division side said Friday. The club's decision means accepting the Asian Football Confederation's ruling: a $15,000 fine and one ...