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 By Kelvin Leong

Japan's Kagawa and Honda look for way past spirited Singapore

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts preview Singapore's clash against Japan in 2018 AFC World Cup qualifying.

Ever since the AFC second round 2018 World Cup draw was made in Kuala Lumpur six months ago, Singaporeans have been eagerly awaiting the biggest game of Group E -- Singapore vs. Japan at the new National Stadium in Kallang.

The excitement of seeing superstars like Shinji Kagawa, Keisuke Honda and Yuto Nagatomo has gone up a notch ever since the Samurai Blue touched down at Changi International Airport on Monday.

What has added to the spice of this game is the goalless draw in Saitama in June, as...

Urawa punished for racist banner

TOKYO -- The J-League has disciplined Japanese club Urawa Reds over the racist behaviour of their fans and ordered the team to play their next home game behind closed doors.

Urawa Reds and their fans put the Asian Champions League on the map.
Urawa Reds fans have been disciplined by the J-League.

Thursday's decision comes after a fan displayed a banner at Urawa's home stadium on Saturday that had the words "Japanese Only" written on it. The sign was put up at a stadium entrance and not removed until after the game.