Simovic hat-trick fires Grampus into playoff final

Soccer / J. League Nov 26, 2017

Simovic hat-trick fires Grampus into playoff final

Robin Simovic scored a hat-trick as Nagoya Grampus came from behind to beat JEF United Chiba 4-2 on Sunday to advance to the J. League first-division promotion playoff final. Grampus, who finished third in the regular season, will play Avispa Fukuoka in the Dec. 3 ...

Soccer / J. League Aug 14, 2016

Antlers top Avispa to end three-game slide

J. League first-stage champion Kashima Antlers claimed a 2-1 win at struggling Avispa Fukuoka on Sunday, ending their three-game losing run in the second stage. Shuhei Akasaki chipped over goalkeeper Ryuichi Kamiyama for the opener in the 27th minute after being played through by Mu ...

Antlers claim first-stage title

Soccer / J. League Jun 25, 2016

Antlers claim first-stage title

Seven-time champion Kashima Antlers overpowered bottom club Avispa Fukuoka 2-0 to clinch the J. League first-stage title in the final round of matches on Saturday. Shuto Yamamoto's 27th-minute header got the party started at Kashima Stadium before Shoma Doi scored for the second game in ...

Kawasaki loses grip on top spot

Soccer / J. League Jun 18, 2016

Kawasaki loses grip on top spot

Kawasaki Frontale surrendered the top spot in the J. League to Kashima Antlers after being held to a surprise 2-2 draw away to rock-bottom Avispa Fukuoka in the penultimate round of first-stage matches on Saturday. Fukuoka raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to a double ...

Title-chasing Kawasaki remains focused on task at hand

Soccer / J. League Jun 17, 2016

Title-chasing Kawasaki remains focused on task at hand

With the J. League first-stage title firmly in their sights, Kawasaki Frontale's players were in a relaxed mood on Friday as they prepared for Saturday's trip to rock-bottom Avispa Fukuoka. Victory for Kawasaki, the league leader, in the second-to-last round of matches, coupled with a ...

Soccer / J. League Jun 2, 2016

Avispa, Grampus settle for scoreless draw

Avispa Fukuoka played out a goalless draw at home to Nagoya Grumpus on Thursday to remain at the foot of the J. League standings. The game was postponed in mid-April when massive earthquakes struck Kumamoto Prefecture in central Kyushu. Another Kyushu side, Sagan Tosu, also ...

Wako header gives Reysol triumph over Avispa

Soccer / J. League May 21, 2016

Wako header gives Reysol triumph over Avispa

by Andrew McKirdy

Naoki Wako scored an 86th-minute header to give Kashiwa Reysol a roller-coaster 3-2 win over Avispa Fukuoka on Saturday. Reysol looked to be in complete control after Kosuke Taketomi had given them a sixth-minute lead at Hitachi Stadium, only for Avispa to stun the home ...

Koroki leads Reds past Avispa

Soccer / J. League Mar 12, 2016

Koroki leads Reds past Avispa

by Andrew McKirdy

Shinzo Koroki scored a goal in each half to help Urawa Reds get back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over promoted Avispa Fukuoka on Saturday. Reds, who finished second in the overall J. League table last season but lost in the first round ...

Ardija looking to keep rising

Soccer / J. League Feb 25, 2016

Ardija looking to keep rising

by Andrew McKirdy

The following is the first of a two-part preview for the upcoming J. League season. Team-by-team previews of the nine lowest-ranking teams competing in the first division are listed. KASHIWA REYSOL Last season: 10th Kashiwa was mediocrity personified on the way to a midtable finish last season, ...