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Players' welfare is 'main priority,' says Asian soccer body

Soccer Oct 14, 2020

Players' welfare is 'main priority,' says Asian soccer body

Asian soccer's governing body said player welfare was its "main priority" after criticism from the global players' union that it had been slow to provide enough support since the coronavirus shutdown. FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann last week said the Asian Football Confederation's engagement had ...

Japan beats Ivory Coast on late Naomichi Ueda header

Soccer Oct 14, 2020

Japan beats Ivory Coast on late Naomichi Ueda header

Late substitute Naomichi Ueda struck an injury-time header to clinch a 1-0 friendly win for Japan over Ivory Coast on Tuesday. After being brought on in the 89th minute, the center back for Belgian side Cercle Brugge delivered the winner two minutes later, meeting Gaku ...

Mateus' stoppage-time winner lifts Grampus over Cerezo

J. League Oct 11, 2020

Mateus' stoppage-time winner lifts Grampus over Cerezo

Brazilian winger Mateus grabbed a late winner as fifth-placed Nagoya Grampus won 1-0 at home against third-placed Cerezo Osaka in the J. League's top flight on Saturday. The 26-year-old scored in the 91st minute after Grampus won possession deep in the opposition half. Substitute Gabriel ...

Japan draws with Cameroon in first match of 2020

Soccer Oct 10, 2020

Japan draws with Cameroon in first match of 2020

Japan lacked a finishing touch as it settled for a scoreless draw with Cameroon on Friday in the first match of the year for manager Hajime Moriyasu's Samurai Blue. The game was not only Japan's first during a year disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, but ...

Qatar to host delayed Asian Champions League east zone

Soccer Oct 9, 2020

Qatar to host delayed Asian Champions League east zone

Qatar was picked Friday to host more international soccer, stepping up to stage games that were postponed across eastern Asia amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Asian Football Confederation said the eastern portion of the 2020 Asian Champions League — like the western division recently completed ...

Trio of England players score debut goals in win over Wales

Soccer Oct 9, 2020

Trio of England players score debut goals in win over Wales

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Danny Ings and Conor Coady scored their first England goals in a 3-0 victory over Wales in a friendly on Thursday when international soccer returned to Wembley after 11 months. It was the least-experienced lineup deployed by England in four decades, with only ...