Japan fails to shift attack into gear

Soccer | From the Spot Jan 23, 2019

Japan fails to shift attack into gear

by Dan Orlowitz

"Defense wins championships," as the old saying goes. The Samurai Blue certainly needed plenty of it on Monday after maintaining less than 24 percent possession over 90 minutes of their Asian Cup round of 16 win against Saudi Arabia under the baking sun at Sharjah ...

Takehiro Tomiyasu's header propels Japan past Saudi Arabia

Soccer Jan 21, 2019

Takehiro Tomiyasu's header propels Japan past Saudi Arabia

Defender Takehiro Tomiyasu netted his first senior international goal to send Japan into the Asian Cup quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia on Monday. The 20-year-old center back for Belgian side Sint-Truiden underscored his status as one of Japan’s next-generation stars by heading ...

Japan must step up after shaky group stage

Soccer Jan 20, 2019

Japan must step up after shaky group stage

by Dan Orlowitz

No more friendlies. No more minnows. No more excuses. Warmups are over for the Samurai Blue. The four-time Asian champions will begin the final march toward a fifth continental title on Monday when they face Saudi Arabia in the 2019 Asian Cup's Round of 16. Should ...

Japan edges Oman to advance at Asian Cup

Soccer Jan 14, 2019

Japan edges Oman to advance at Asian Cup

Japan booked a ticket to the knockout stage of the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Group F opponent Oman, but the four-time champion was once again less than convincing. Relying on a first-half penalty from Genki ...

Sardar Azmoun brace carries Iran past Vietnam

Soccer Jan 12, 2019

Sardar Azmoun brace carries Iran past Vietnam

Sardar Azmoun struck twice as Iran dispatched Vietnam 2-0 on Saturday to reach the last 16 of the Asian Cup and set a new group-stage win record. Iran, looking to end a 43-year title drought since last winning Asian soccer's most coveted prize, could have ...

Wataru Endo aims for return to Japan lineup

Soccer Jan 12, 2019

Wataru Endo aims for return to Japan lineup

Defensive midfielder Wataru Endo on Friday continued his bid to return to the Japan starting lineup after sitting out its opening Asian Cup clash in the United Arab Emirates following a bout of illness. The 25-year-old was on the bench for Japan's 3-2 win over ...

China, South Korea progress; Australia bounces back

Soccer Jan 12, 2019

China, South Korea progress; Australia bounces back

China and South Korea reached the Asian Cup last 16 knockout round on Friday with wins over the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan, respectively, as defending champion Australia bounced back to claim its first win of the tournament. Marcello Lippi's China side negotiated a potentially tricky clash ...

Australia rebounds from shock defeat at Asian Cup

Soccer Jan 11, 2019

Australia rebounds from shock defeat at Asian Cup

Defending champion Australia dominated Palestine 3-0 on Friday as it recovered from its shock opening defeat at the Asian Cup and moved within sight of the last 16. Goals from Hibernian striker Jamie Maclaren, Awer Mabil and substitute Apostolos Giannou put the much-improved Socceroos second ...