Shinji Okazaki's Leicester City were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Tuesday after the English Premier League champions could only manage a 1-1 draw in the second leg at home to Spain's Atletico Madrid.
Saul Niguez's 26th-minute header added to Atletico's one-goal advantage from the first leg and the La Liga side went through 2-1 on aggregate.
Former Yokohama F Marinos goalkeeper Tatsuya Enomoto has been selected as the official reinforcement designation player for Japan's blind soccer team, it has been learned.
The 38-year-old soccer star, who has played in a total of 223 games in the J-League, decided to take on this role for the national blind soccer team -- having announced his retirement as a professional player in December 2016.
Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa scored one goal and created another but Borussia Dortmund lost the first leg of their rescheduled Champions League quarterfinal against Monaco 3-2 on Wednesday, a day after three explosions targeted the German Bundesliga team's bus.
Kagawa showed great awareness to set up Ousmane Dembele to tap in from close range. He slotted home a low effort in the late stages to give Dortmund hope ahead of next week's second leg in France.
Japanese champions Kashima Antlers crashed to their second defeat in Group E in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday night, going down 2-1 away to Australian A-League club Brisbane Roar.
Goals from Jamie Maclaren and Brett Holman put Brisbane in control and, although Ryota Nagaki scored late on for Kashima, the Australians held on to claim their first win.
SAITAMA, Japan (Kyodo) -- Shinzo Koroki's first-half hat-trick set the tone for Urawa's 7-0 demolition job of Vegalta Sendai as Reds vaulted to the top of the J-League on Friday.
Koroki was joined on the scoresheet by Yuki Muto, Tadanari Lee and Yosuke Kashiwagi. Sendai didn't help themselves with an own goal midway through the second half before a crowd of 25,372 at Saitama Stadium.
Shinji Kagawa proceeded with his late season surge by opening his 2016-17 account with an objective and an aid Borussia Dortmund's 3-0 disarm Hamburg SV on Tuesday.
It was preferable late over never for the Japan midfielder, who, with only seven diversions left in the Bundesliga, struck his first objective of the battle in the 81st moment to put the hosts up 2-0.
Yuya Kubo struck again and had a couple of helps as Japan vanquished Thailand 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.
Before a horde of more than 59,000 at Saitama Stadium, Kubo additionally solidified his place on Japan, setting up first-half objectives for Shinji Kagawa and Shinji Okazaki, who scored his 50th universal goal.
Japan mentor Vahid Halilhodzic pushed every known limit on Monday and discharged a notice shot at his group, requesting his players not to mess with Thailand in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier.
Thailand are rearward in Group B with only one point from six diversions, and have little any desire for meeting all requirements for next year's World Cup. Japan stepped toward Russia on Thursday when they beat the United Arab Emirates in Al Ain, a win that kept them level on focuses (13) with pioneers Saudi Arabia.
Shinji Kagawa may have come back to the beginning lineup for Japan in Thursday's win over the United Arab Emirates, however the Dortmund midfielder feels a long way from sure about his place in the primary team.
Following preparing on Sunday for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Thailand at Saitama Stadium, the previous Manchester United man said he is underestimating nothing under Vahid Halilhodzic, who, if need be, has not faltered in dropping Japan's long-lasting backbones like Keisuke Honda, Shinji Okazaki - and Kagawa.
Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic entered the press conference room for his post-match interviews, soaked up a rare round of applause from the Japanese press, bowed deeply and savored the moment. He deserved nothing less.
The Franco-Bosnian tactician's decision to take some seemingly sizeable risks paid rich dividends on Thursday as Japan stayed on course for a place in the World Cup finals thanks to a 2-0 win away to the United Arab Emirates in the final round of Asian qualifying.
Japan tutor Vahid Halilhodzic is certain his players can crush the loss of captain Makoto Hasebe for Thursday's basic World Cup qualifier away to the United Arab Emirates.
But the Franco-Bosnian coach declined to reveal who may take the skipper's armband when his side go searching for requital for their questionable 2-1 adversity to the UAE at home in their opening match in the last round in September.