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Urawa, Gamba break clear of pack

by Andrew Mckirdy

Stranger things have happened in the J. League, but with four games of the season remaining, the title race is now almost certainly down to two teams. Urawa Reds lead Gamba Osaka by three points going into the final stretch, with a further four-point gap beyond second place surely too ...

Reysol end Gamba's winning streak

Oct 22, 2014

Reysol end Gamba's winning streak

Gamba Osaka’s seven-game win streak came to a screeching halt in a last-gasp 1-0 defeat to Kashiwa Reysol as the former Asian champions tripped up in the J. League title race on Wednesday. Substitute Tetsuro Ota again scored a 90th-minute winner for Reysol, who ...

Oct 21, 2014

Knee injury ends Davi's season

Kashima Antlers forward Davi will miss the rest of the J. League season after being ruled out for eight months with a damaged anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee, the team said Monday. Davi suffered the injury during the second half ...

Oct 17, 2014

Ex-J.Leaguer Oku dies in car accident

Former J.League player Daisuke Oku died at a hospital early Friday after crashing his car into a roadside utility pole in Okinawa Prefecture. According to local police, 38-year-old Oku had veered into the opposite lane before slamming into the pole on Miyako Island, where ...

JEF stuns Cerezo to reach Emperor's Cup semis

Oct 15, 2014

JEF stuns Cerezo to reach Emperor's Cup semis

J. League second-division playoff hopefuls JEF United Chiba reached the semifinals of the Emperor’s Cup with a 1-0 win away to top-flight Cerezo Osaka on Wednesday night. Masakazu Tashiro struck the clincher early in the second half to book Takashi Sekizuka’s side a meeting ...

Sanfrecce, Gamba to square off in Nabisco Cup final

Oct 12, 2014

Sanfrecce, Gamba to square off in Nabisco Cup final

by Gus Fielding

Reigning J. League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima reached the final of the Nabisco Cup despite a 2-1 second-leg defeat to holders Kashiwa Reysol on Sunday. Leandro struck twice as Reysol erased their two-goal, first-leg deficit, but Naoki Ishihara rifled home with 16 minutes left to ...

Sato brace pushes Sanfrecce past Reysol

Oct 9, 2014

Sato brace pushes Sanfrecce past Reysol

Hisato Sato scored twice as reigning J. League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima seized control of their Nabisco Cup semifinal tie with a 2-0 first-leg home win against holders Kashiwa Reysol on Thursday night. Sato struck either side of the break at Edion Stadium to put ...

Kashima slip allows Urawa to extend lead

Oct 5, 2014

Kashima slip allows Urawa to extend lead

Kashima Antlers lost significant ground on J. League first-division leaders Urawa Reds after going down 3-2 at home to Gamba Osaka on Sunday. Kashima started the day in second place, but the seven-time league champions fell seven points back of Reds after Brazilian striker ...

Cacau strike guides Cerezo past Reds

Sep 27, 2014

Cacau strike guides Cerezo past Reds

Former Germany international Cacau struck a superb winner to lift Cerezo Osaka out of the relegation zone thank to a surprise 1-0 victory at home to J-League leaders Urawa Reds on Saturday. Cacau took a pass from Kenyu Sugimoto and rifled in off the ...

Sep 27, 2014

Yamaguchi out for rest of season

Cerezo Osaka captain and World Cup midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi has undergone knee surgery and will miss the remainder of the season, the J. League first-division club said Saturday. The 23-year-old Yamaguchi damaged the meniscus in his right knee during a 0-0 draw at home ...