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Venezuela embarrasses Samurai Blue in friendly

Soccer Nov 19, 2019

Venezuela embarrasses Samurai Blue in friendly

Forward Salomon Rondon scored a hat trick before halftime as Venezuela humiliated Japan 4-1 in an international friendly on Tuesday night. Winger Yeferson Soteldo added the fourth for the South Americans before the break, while Hotaru Yamaguchi pulled a late goal back for the hosts ...

Luis Enrique returns as Spain coach

Soccer Nov 19, 2019

Luis Enrique returns as Spain coach

Luis Enrique is returning as Spain coach five months after stepping down because of his daughter's illness. He is taking over from former assistant Robert Moreno, who coached the team through qualifying for the 2020 European Championship. His last match was on Monday, a 5-0 ...

Soccer Nov 19, 2019

Spain, Italy rout foes in Euro 2020 qualifying

Spain finished its qualifying campaign for the 2020 European Championship with a 5-0 rout of Romania in what could have been the farewell match for coach Robert Moreno on Monday. Moreno did not show for the post-match interview and there were widespread reports in Spanish ...

Soccer Nov 18, 2019

Hiroki Abe nets first goal for Barcelona B

Japanese attacker Hiroki Abe scored his maiden goal for Barcelona B in a 3-3 draw against Cornella on Sunday. The Spanish third-tier clash at Johan Cruyff Stadium was Abe's 10th appearance for the Barcelona reserve team since transferring from J. League side Kashima Antlers in ...

Brazil beats Mexico to win U-17 World Cup at home

Soccer Nov 18, 2019

Brazil beats Mexico to win U-17 World Cup at home

Brazil rallied to beat Mexico 2-1 on Sunday to win its fourth under-17 World Cup title. Bryan Gonzalez opened the scoring for Mexico in the 66th minute at the Bezerrao stadium in Brasilia, but the hosts turned their fortunes with Kaio Jorge converting from the ...

Japan U-22 lacks finishing touch in loss against Colombia

Soccer Nov 17, 2019

Japan U-22 lacks finishing touch in loss against Colombia

A lack of ruthlessness in front of the goal proved costly for Japan's Olympic hopefuls on Sunday as they lost 2-0 to Colombia in an under-22 friendly. Headlined by senior national team regulars Takefusa Kubo and Ritsu Doan, Hajime Moriyasu's side created several scoring opportunities ...

Field for 24-team Euros filling out

Soccer Nov 17, 2019

Field for 24-team Euros filling out

The Netherlands, Germany and World Cup finalists Croatia expanded a list of big hitters to qualify for Euro 2020 on Saturday as the trio booked their places at next summer's finals. Austria also made it through to the tournament, which kicks off in Rome on ...

Reysol clinches return to top flight

Soccer / J. League Nov 16, 2019

Reysol clinches return to top flight

Kashiwa Reysol proved for the third time they are a hard team to keep down after clinching the J. League's second-division championship and earning promotion to J1 on Saturday. Reysol, relegated to the J2 this year, booked their first division return in one season, just ...