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Yuika Sugasawa's late winner secures gold for Japan

Soccer Sep 1, 2018

Yuika Sugasawa's late winner secures gold for Japan

A goal in the final seconds gave Japan women’s soccer squad a 1-0 win against China in the final in on Friday, and its second-ever Asian Games gold medal. The goal, scored in the 90th minute by Yuika Sugasawa in the pouring rain at JSC ...

Nadeshiko head coach Asako Takakura wary of final opponent China

Soccer Aug 30, 2018

Nadeshiko head coach Asako Takakura wary of final opponent China

Japan women's soccer head coach Asako Takakura praised China's improvements since their last encounter in April as the two teams prepared for Friday's gold-medal match. In a Thursday news conference, Takakura said China has become a big threat to her country's hopes of winning a ...

Japan strikes late but still falls to Brazil during U.S. tourney

Soccer Jul 30, 2018

Japan strikes late but still falls to Brazil during U.S. tourney

Nadeshiko Japan lost to Brazil 2-1 in the Tournament of Nations on Sunday, suffering their second-straight defeat in the round-robin competition that features four of the world's top women's soccer teams. Rika Masuya scored for Japan with a spectacular diving header in the 93rd minute ...

Nadeshiko wins Asian Cup again

Soccer Apr 21, 2018

Nadeshiko wins Asian Cup again

Japan won its second straight Women's Asian Cup on Friday night with a 1-0 victory over Australia in the tournament final. Substitute Kumi Yokoyama scored the 84th-minute winner at Amman International Stadium in a replay of the 2014 final, when Nadeshiko Japan edged the Matildas ...

Nadeshiko Japan books spot in 2019 Women's World Cup

Soccer Apr 14, 2018

Nadeshiko Japan books spot in 2019 Women's World Cup

Nadeshiko Japan booked its ticket to the 2019 Women's World Cup with a 1-1 draw against Australia in the Asian Cup on Friday. The result in its final Group B match at Amman International Stadium ensured Japan advanced to the semifinals of the tournament, which ...

Canada downs Japan in teams' Algarve Cup final

Soccer Mar 8, 2018

Canada downs Japan in teams' Algarve Cup final

Japan drew a blank as it lost to fifth-ranked Canada in the teams' final Algarve Cup match Wednesday, finishing sixth in the 12-team invitational women's soccer tournament in Portugal. An early first-half goal by Janine Beckie and Ashley Lawrence's solo effort in the 50th minute ...

Nadeshiko tops Iceland at tourney

Soccer Mar 3, 2018

Nadeshiko tops Iceland at tourney

Japan rebounded from an opening-day loss to defeat Iceland 2-1 on Friday in their second Algarve Cup Group C match. Japan midfielder Rumi Utsugi converted a cross from Emi Nakajima for the eventual game-winner in the 85th minute, giving Asako Takakura's side the much-needed three ...

Mana Iwabuchi lifts Nadeshiko Japan past Jordan in friendly

Soccer Nov 25, 2017

Mana Iwabuchi lifts Nadeshiko Japan past Jordan in friendly

Mana Iwabuchi's brace lifted Nadeshiko Japan to a 2-0 away win in a friendly against Jordan on Friday. Iwabuchi scored twice in the first half with Nadeshiko attacking aggressively from the start. Japan got on the board in the 27th minute when Iwabuchi scored with her ...