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Ueda delivers late heroics to lift Antlers past Gamba

Defender Naomichi Ueda scored a last-gasp winner as reigning champion Kashima Antlers edged Gamba Osaka 2-1 at home on Saturday to tighten their grip on top spot in the J. League first division. Leandro canceled out Hwang Ui-jo's early opener for Gamba and Ueda headed home the clincher in the 92nd ...

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 ...