Japan midfielder Junya Ito tests positive for coronavirus

Soccer Oct 25, 2020

Japan midfielder Junya Ito tests positive for coronavirus

Japan midfielder Junya Ito has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and is currently undergoing quarantine measures, his Belgian first-division team Genk said Saturday. Ito was a member of Japan's squad that faced Cameroon and the Ivory Coast in a pair of friendlies held in ...

Japan beats Ivory Coast on late Naomichi Ueda header

Soccer Oct 14, 2020

Japan beats Ivory Coast on late Naomichi Ueda header

Late substitute Naomichi Ueda struck an injury-time header to clinch a 1-0 friendly win for Japan over Ivory Coast on Tuesday. After being brought on in the 89th minute, the center back for Belgian side Cercle Brugge delivered the winner two minutes later, meeting Gaku ...

Japan draws with Cameroon in first match of 2020

Soccer Oct 10, 2020

Japan draws with Cameroon in first match of 2020

Japan lacked a finishing touch as it settled for a scoreless draw with Cameroon on Friday in the first match of the year for manager Hajime Moriyasu's Samurai Blue. The game was not only Japan's first during a year disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, but ...

Samurai Blue to play Cameroon, Ivory Coast in Netherlands

Soccer Sep 16, 2020

Samurai Blue to play Cameroon, Ivory Coast in Netherlands

Japan's men's team will play friendlies against Cameroon and Ivory Coast in the Netherlands next month, the Japan Football Association announced Wednesday. The Samurai Blue will face Cameroon at Stadion Galgenwaard in Utrecht on Oct. 9 before meeting Ivory Coast at the same ground on ...

Japan falls against South Korea in EAFF E-1 men's final

Soccer Dec 18, 2019

Japan falls against South Korea in EAFF E-1 men's final

Hwang In-beom scored the only goal as South Korea beat Japan to capture the East Asian Football Federation E-1 Championship on Wednesday. The Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder scored in the 28th minute as the tournament host finished with a perfect 3-0 record. After being outhustled and outplayed ...

Musashi Suzuki scores as Japan beats China

Soccer Dec 10, 2019

Musashi Suzuki scores as Japan beats China

Musashi Suzuki bagged his first international goal to help lead Japan to a 2-1 win over China in the EAFF E-1 Football Championship on Tuesday. The Consadole Sapporo forward opened the scoring for Hajime Moriyasu's squad of J. League players in the first half, while ...