Previous
FK Qarabag
St Etienne
0
0
FT
Game Details
Apollon Limassol
FC Zürich
3
2
FT
Game Details
Borussia Monchengladbach
Villarreal
1
1
FT
Game Details
Club Brugge
Torino
0
0
FT
Game Details
FC Copenhagen
HJK Helsinki
2
0
FT
Game Details
Besiktas
Asteras Tripoli
1
1
FT
Game Details
Partizan Belgrade
Tottenham Hotspur
0
0
FT
Game Details
Dinamo Zagreb
FK Astra Giurgiu
5
1
FT
Game Details
SV Salzburg
Celtic
2
2
FT
Game Details
Panathinaikos
Dinamo Moscow
1
2
FT
Game Details
PSV Eindhoven
Estoril
1
0
FT
Game Details
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Internazionale
0
1
FT
Game Details
Sevilla FC
Feyenoord Rotterdam
2
0
FT
Game Details
Standard Liege
Rijeka
2
0
FT
Game Details
Everton
VfL Wolfsburg
4
1
FT
Game Details
Lille
Krasnodar
1
1
FT
Game Details
BSC Young Boys
Slovan Bratislava
5
0
FT
Game Details
Napoli
Sparta Prague
3
1
FT
Game Details
Rio Ave
Dynamo Kiev
0
3
FT
Game Details
Steaua Bucuresti
AaB
6
0
FT
Game Details
Fiorentina
Guingamp
3
0
FT
Game Details
PAOK Salonika
Dinamo Minsk
6
1
FT
Game Details
Legia Warsaw
KSC Lokeren
1
0
FT
Game Details
Metalist Kharkiv
Trabzonspor
1
2
FT
Game Details
Sporting Kansas City
Saprissa
3
1
FT
Game Details
Metapan
Herediano
2
4
FT
Game Details
Boca Juniors
Rosario Central
3
0
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 4 - 1
Game Details
Emelec
River Plate
2
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Racing Club
Argentinos Juniors
0
1
FT
Game Details
Temperley
Unión de Santa Fe
1
1
FT
Game Details
Corinthians
Chapecoense AF
1
1
FT
Game Details
Goiás EC
Atlético MG
2
3
FT
Game Details
Gremio
Santos FC
0
0
FT
Game Details
Deportes Quindío
America Cali
0
0
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 0
Game Details
Cortuluá
Valledupar F.C.
1
1
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 2 - 4
Game Details
Next

WhoScored: Cesc driving Chelsea on

Tactics And Analysis 16 hours ago
Read
Jun 7, 2012

Aust still hold physical edge: Brosque

Socceroos striker Alex Brosque says Japanese soccer is entering a golden age but Australia will still enjoy a physical edge in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier in Brisbane.

Japan has world-class players at the peak of their powers such as Manchester United-bound Shinji Kagawa, CSKA Moscow's Keisuke Honda and Inter Milan's Yuto Nagamoto.

"Every national team has their periods when players are playing in the best leagues," said Brosque, one of an increasing number of Australian players in the J-League.

"A couple of years ago we had that with our boys.

"Harry (Kewell) was at Liverpool, Lucas (Neill) at Blackburn, (Mark) Bresciano and Vinny (Grella) in Serie A.

"I think every national team goes through that period and Japan is going through that period (now)."

To emphasise how little separates the two sides, Japan (world no.23) leapfrogged the Socceroos (No.24) as the highest ranked Asian nation in FIFA's rankings this month.

However Brosque believed that Australia's physical intensity could still trouble the more technically-minded Japanese players.

"I think they see us more of a threat more because of our physical nature," he said.

"Playing in the J-League the players don't really like that.

"They are known for their passing and technique but when it comes to the physical side of it anyone that shows a bit of aggression in the J-League gets stopped a fair bit."

The Socceroos have developed a tasty rivalry with Japan since Australia's stunning 3-1 victory in Kaiserslautern during the group stages of the 2006 World Cup.

The next time they met, the Blue Samurai sent Australia crashing out of the 2007 Asian Cup in the quarter-finals on penalties.

Australia held Japan to a 0-0 draw in Yokohama and won 2-1 at home in World Cup qualifiers in 2009 before Japan trumped the Socceroos 1-0 in extra time at last year's Asian Cup final.

Socceroos defender Mark Milligan, who is also based in Japan, said towering Australian striker Josh Kennedy and Brosque cause all sorts of problems for J-League defences.

"I think we still hold that physical factor over a lot of teams," Milligan said.

"That not so much bullying but our work ethic, the way we stick together, that is very much a part of our game.

"I know playing over there it is still a factor I use."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.