Takumi Minamino's assist helps Liverpool advance in F.A. Cup

Soccer Jan 9, 2021

Takumi Minamino's assist helps Liverpool advance in F.A. Cup

Japan forward Takumi Minamino set up Liverpool's second goal as the Premier League champions beat coronavirus-hit Aston Villa 4-1 in the third round of the F.A. Cup on Friday. The 25-year-old has been an unused substitute since scoring his first Premier League goal on Dec. ...

Japan beats Panama on Takumi Minamino's second-half penalty

Soccer Nov 14, 2020

Japan beats Panama on Takumi Minamino's second-half penalty

Liverpool striker Takumi Minamino scored a penalty as Japan secured a 1-0 win against Panama in a friendly at the Merkur Arena in Austria on Friday. Minamino started the match up front alongside Villareal forward Takefusa Kubo and opened the scoring in the 61st minute, ...

Junya Ito notches first goal of season for Genk

Soccer Dec 8, 2019

Junya Ito notches first goal of season for Genk

Midfielder Junya Ito bagged his first goal of the season for Genk in the Belgian top-flight side's 2-1 win at Cercle Brugge. Ito opened the scoring in the 34th minute at Jan Breydel Stadium before Cercle Brugge equalized in the second half. Sander Berge sealed ...

Japan defeats Kyrgyzstan to stay unbeaten in World Cup qualifying

Soccer Nov 14, 2019

Japan defeats Kyrgyzstan to stay unbeaten in World Cup qualifying

Takumi Minamino converted a first-half penalty and Genki Haraguchi doubled the lead with a free kick after the break as Japan overcame a determined Kyrgyzstan 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday. With the victory at a chilly Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Group F leader ...

Japan routs Tajikistan in 2022 World Cup qualifier

Soccer Oct 17, 2019

Japan routs Tajikistan in 2022 World Cup qualifier

Japan claimed its third straight win in the second round of Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Tajikistan on Tuesday. Takumi Minamino scored the first goal in the second half on a header. He finished with two goals, while ...

Samurai Blue rout Mongolia 6-0 in 2022 World Cup qualifier

Soccer Oct 10, 2019

Samurai Blue rout Mongolia 6-0 in 2022 World Cup qualifier

by Dan Orlowitz

In the sumo ring, wrestlers from Mongolia rule the roost against their Japanese opponents. On the soccer pitch, Japan is clearly still king. Takumi Minamino scored in his third straight match, veteran defender Yuto Nagatomo netted his first international goal in 10 years and Junya Ito ...