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Japan stumbles against Ukraine in World Cup warm-up

Mar 28, 2018

Japan stumbles against Ukraine in World Cup warm-up

A 69th-minute winner from substitute Oleksandr Karavayev proved the difference Tuesday as Ukraine defeated Japan 2-1 in the second of two World Cup warm-ups for the Samurai Blue in Belgium. Tomoaki Makino equalized for Japan after a Naomichi Ueda own goal put Ukraine ahead, but ...

Japan salvages draw with Mali

Mar 24, 2018

Japan salvages draw with Mali

Shoya Nakajima capped his national team debut with a last-minute equalizer as Japan salvaged a 1-1 friendly draw with Mali on Friday. The 23-year-old striker, currently on loan with Portuguese club Portimonense, came on at the hour-mark. He displayed a knack for finding space among ...

Ex-Argentina striker Rene Houseman dies at 64

Mar 23, 2018

Ex-Argentina striker Rene Houseman dies at 64

Rene Houseman, a striker who won the 1978 World Cup with Argentina, died after fighting tongue cancer for the past year. He was 64. The Argentine Football Association on Thursday confirmed his death in a statement and praised Houseman for his skills and agility. "Skillful, fast, ...

Midfielder Ryota Morioka could get opportunity in friendly against Mali

Mar 22, 2018

Midfielder Ryota Morioka could get opportunity in friendly against Mali

With playmakers Shinji Kagawa and Hiroshi Kiyotake sidelined due to injuries, Japan manager Vahid Halilhodzic may call upon Belgium-based midfielder Ryota Morioka to provide attacking spark in Friday's World Cup warm-up against Mali. The 26-year-old, who has only four caps for the national side since ...

Cristiano Ronaldo insists self-belief is key to success

Mar 20, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo insists self-belief is key to success

Cristiano Ronaldo says the key to his staggering success is believing nobody is better than he is — and he advised his Portuguese teammates to adopt the same attitude. The Real Madrid star made the comments as he accepted the Portuguese player of the year ...

Defender Gotoku Sakai called up for upcoming friendlies in Belgium

Mar 20, 2018

Defender Gotoku Sakai called up for upcoming friendlies in Belgium

Hamburg SV defender Gotoku Sakai has been added to the Japan squad for the upcoming friendlies to be held in Belgium, the Japan Football Association said late Monday evening. Sakai was called up after right-back candidates Hiroki Sakai and Wataru Endo sustained injuries, leaving them ...

Yuya Osako scores as Cologne earns crucial win

Mar 19, 2018

Yuya Osako scores as Cologne earns crucial win

Yuya Osako scored the opener in relegation-threatened Cologne's 2-0 home win over 10-man Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga on Sunday. Osako put his team ahead in the ninth minute, receiving a cross from Leonardo Bittencourt and shooting under keeper Bernd Leno. Leverkusen's Lukas Alario ...

S-Pulse hold on to claim draw with Vegalta

/ Mar 18, 2018

S-Pulse hold on to claim draw with Vegalta

Shimizu S-Pulse fended off a persistent attack by visiting Vegalta Sendai for a 1-1 draw in the J. League first division on Sunday. Shimizu midfielder Shota Kaneko opened the scoring in the ninth minute, soaring a screamer over the head of Vegalta goalkeeper Kentaro Seki ...