Soccer: Gamba Hammer Jdt To Book Spot In Acl Group Stage

Soccer: Gamba hammer JDT to book spot in ACL group stageGamba Osaka cruised past Johor Darul Ta'zim 3-0 in an Asian Champions League playoff to qualify for the group phase on Tuesday.
Kenta Hasegawa's men got their season underway with a comfortable win at Suita Stadium, where Admilson and Shun Nagasawa struck in a space of three first-half minutes.

Soccer: Kiyotake To Build On European Experience With Cerezo

Soccer: Kiyotake to build on European experience with CerezoHiroshi Kiyotake hopes the lessons he learned in Europe will help him win a title with Cerezo Osaka as the Japan midfielder returns to the J-League after a four-and-a-half year absence.
"I learned the mentality and attitude to fight," Kiyotake said Sunday, a day after joining Cerezo for preseason training camp. "I had to take a hard look at myself as a footballer, and that may have been the best thing to happen to me."

Soccer: Osako Bags Brace In Cologne's Romp Against Darmstadt

Soccer: Osako bags brace in Cologne's romp against DarmstadtYuya Osako struck twice during Cologne's 6-1 win away to Darmstadt in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
The Japan forward headed in Cologne's second in the 36th minute before making it a 4-1 game after 72 minutes, burying a shot into the bottom corner from outside the box for his first league brace.

Soccer: Real Madrid Arrives In Japan To Contest Club World Cup

Soccer: Real Madrid arrives in Japan to contest Club World CupHundreds of Japanese fans showed up at the crack of dawn to greet Real Madrid as they arrived in Japan on Monday to contest the Club World Cup.
Led by Cristiano Ronaldo, the European champions arrived shortly after 5:00 a.m. and were met by about 300 fans at Tokyo's Haneda airport before boarding a team bus.

Soccer: Kanazaki Header Sends Kashima Into Final Vs Urawa

Soccer: Kanazaki header sends Kashima into final vs UrawaMu Kanazaki's second-half goal proved to be the difference as Kashima Antlers reached the J-League championship playoff final with a 1-0 win at Kawasaki Frontale on Wednesday.
Kashima will face Urawa Reds in the home-and-away final on Nov. 29 and Dec. 3. Urawa had an automatic place in the final as the team with the most points in the overall standings.

Soccer: Japan Beat Saudi Arabia, Rise To World Cup Qualification Spot

Soccer: Japan beat Saudi Arabia, rise to World Cup qualification spotJapan defeated Group B leaders Saudi Arabia 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier Tuesday, moving into second place on goal difference after Australia were held to a shock 2-2 draw by last-place Thailand in Bangkok.
Behind goals from Genki Haraguchi, who became the first Japanese to score in four successive World Cup final qualifiers, and Hiroshi Kiyotake, Vahid Halilhodzic's men went level with the Saudis on 10 points, one ahead of the Socceroos.

Japan's 4-0 Win Over Oman Win Gives Halilhodzic Selection Headache For Saudi Game

Japan's 4-0 win over Oman win gives Halilhodzic selection headache for Saudi gameThe best thing for Japan about Friday’s 4-0 win over Oman wasn’t the scoreline, but perhaps the fact that coach Vahid Halilhodzic gave himself options for the fast-approaching World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia.
“We managed to produce a solid win for the next match,” said Japan captain Makoto Hasebe, who was rested on this night ahead of the Saudi Arabia game Tuesday.

Protests Put Asian Soccer Refs On The Spot

Protests put Asian soccer refs on the spotA rash of complaints about controversial decisions has put Asia’s soccer referees on the spot despite strenuous efforts to raise standards.
Japan and Thailand both lodged official protests after key decisions went against them in this month’s World Cup qualifiers, while standards are mixed at club level.