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 By John Duerden
1 day ago

Japan's veterans find harmony to sound Asian Cup warning

Midfielder Shinji Kagawa played a vital role in Japan's impressive second half against Australia in Osaka.

After indifferent performances with experimental teams, Japan boss Javier Aguirre decided to get the band back together last Tuesday. A lineup that wouldn't have been out of place at the 2011 Asian Cup final against Australia saw the Samurai Blue again singing from the same songbook and hitting those familiar notes in the second half of a friendly against the same opposition in Osaka. At the end of a 2-1 win, the fact that everything seemed so much better with the old guard in place was a source...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
4 days ago

FIFA award Japan 3-0 forfeit victory after Venezuela selection error

Japan have been awarded a 3-0 win over Venezuela by FIFA after the South Americans fielded Salomon Rondon despite the striker being ineligible for the friendly.

The game in Yokohama on Sep. 9 ended as a 2-2 draw, though Rondon's appearance has caused football's governing body to act given that he was sent off late in Venezuela's 3-1 friendly defeat to South Korea on Sep. 5.

"We have heard from FIFA that Japan won't be affected negatively," AFP reports JFA technical director Hiromi Hara as telling...

By ESPN Staff
5 days ago

Aguirre: Australia win perfect preparation

Japan head coach Javier Aguirre congratulated his players on a job well done, after the Asian champions beat Australia 2-1 on Tuesday in Osaka.

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By ESPN Staff
5 days ago

Postecoglu: Set-pieces let us down

An inability to match Japan at set-pieces was the key factor in Australia's 2-1 friendly defeat in Osaka on Tuesday, according to head coach Angelos Postecoglou.

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By ESPN Staff
5 days ago

WATCH: nutmeg to back-heel finish

Japan's Masato Morishige hooked up with Shinji Okazaki for a beautiful goal against Australia.

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