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Sanfrecce survives late rally to beat Frontale

Soccer / J. League Jul 31, 2019

Sanfrecce survives late rally to beat Frontale

Sanfrecce Hiroshima held on for a 3-2 win over Kawasaki Frontale in the J. League first division Wednesday following a furious late comeback from the visitors. Sanfrecce stunned the two-time defending champions by taking a 3-0 lead through goals from Sho Sasaki, Douglas Vieira and ...

J. League may start using VAR in 2020

Soccer / J. League Jul 30, 2019

J. League may start using VAR in 2020

The J. League may speed up its introduction of video reviews for refereeing decisions in first-division games following a proposal at its board meeting on Tuesday. The league had previously targeted 2021 for the debut of the video assistant referee in J1, but the suggestion ...

Kawasaki Frontale beat Oita Trinita to move into top 3

Soccer / J. League Jul 27, 2019

Kawasaki Frontale beat Oita Trinita to move into top 3

Kawasaki Frontale beat Oita Trinita 3-1 in the J. League first division on Saturday after captain Yu Kobayashi struck the winner midway through the second half. Manabu Saito opened the scoring for Frontale in the 51st minute at Todoroki Stadium, but the visitors equalized 10 ...

Carles Perez nets pair as Barcelona blanks Vissel Kobe

Soccer / J. League Jul 27, 2019

Carles Perez nets pair as Barcelona blanks Vissel Kobe

Carles Perez scored a second-half brace to lift Spanish powerhouse Barcelona over J. League first-division side Vissel Kobe 2-0 in their friendly on Saturday. The game was one of two high-profile matches featuring J. League clubs on Saturday. In the other one, English Premier League ...

Former Barcelona, Arsenal defender Vermaelen joins Vissel Kobe

Soccer / J. League Jul 27, 2019

Former Barcelona, Arsenal defender Vermaelen joins Vissel Kobe

Belgium international defender Thomas Vermaelen on Saturday become the latest high-profile European player to join J. League side Vissel Kobe. Vissel introduced the 33-year-old center-back at a news conference at Kobe's Noevir Stadium ahead of a friendly against his former club Barcelona. Vermaelen arrived on a ...

Shunsuke Nakamura aims to help Yokohama FC reach J1

Soccer / J. League Jul 16, 2019

Shunsuke Nakamura aims to help Yokohama FC reach J1

Former Japan midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura vowed Tuesday to "return the favor" to Yokohama FC for showing faith in him at age 41. Speaking at his introductory news conference, Nakamura said he aimed to help the J. League second-division club earn promotion to Japan's top tier. The ...

Soccer / J. League Jul 12, 2019

Antlers agree to transfer Hiroki Abe to Barcelona

The Kashima Antlers have agreed to transfer attacker Hiroki Abe to Barcelona, the J. League team announced Friday. The 20-year-old, who made his senior Japan debut at the recent Copa America, will join the Spanish powerhouse pending a medical. A skillful dribbler with strong attacking instincts, ...

Consadole, Yamaga share spoils

Soccer / J. League Jul 7, 2019

Consadole, Yamaga share spoils

Promoted Matsumoto Yamaga held Consadole Sapporo to a 1-1 draw thanks to some good work from keeper Tatsuya Morita on Sunday. The hosts took the lead seven minutes in at Sapporo Dome, when Kosuke Shirai knocked in the rebound after a Jay Bothroyd header hit ...