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World Cup's 'Battle of the Cleaners' ends in draw

World Cup Jun 25, 2018

World Cup's 'Battle of the Cleaners' ends in draw

It was perhaps fitting that the World Cup match between Senegal and Japan — whose fans have received international acclaim for their cleanliness in the stadium — ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw Sunday in Ekaterinburg. Both teams won their opening games of the World ...

Japan keeps focused on preparations for Senegal

Soccer / World Cup Jun 22, 2018

Japan keeps focused on preparations for Senegal

Despite Japan's surprise 2-1 win over Colombia fueling predictions of a knockout-stage berth, members of the Samurai Blue squad were keeping a lid on expectations Thursday ahead of their upcoming match against Senegal. Prior to its victory Tuesday over a 10-man La Tricolor side in ...

Japan resets after avenging '14 loss

Soccer / World Cup Jun 21, 2018

Japan resets after avenging '14 loss

by Sean Miyaguchi

For veterans of Japan's 2014 World Cup campaign, avenging a painful loss at that tournament to Colombia was cause for only momentary celebration, goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima said Wednesday. In the buildup to the rematch between the two sides in Saransk on Tuesday, the 35-year-old custodian ...