Wednesday’s Vissel Kobe win also saw a last appearance for former Barcelona and Atletico Madrid striker David Villa, who will retire at the age of 37
AFC Champions League holders Kashima Antlers play out goalless draw at Guangzhou Evergrande in quarter-final first leg
It leaves the Antlers with a small advantage going into the return fixture on 18 September and was a successive stalemate between Japanese and Chinese teams after Urawa Reds drew at Shanghai SIPG on Tuesday
Barcelona said they paid 1.1 million euros ($1.25 million) for Hiroki Abe and assigned him to their reserve team, which plays in the third-tier Spanish Segunda B.
Abe, voted the J-League's Best Young Player last season, was called into Japan's national team for the first time in June for the Copa America where he played in two games, including one as a second-half substitute
AFC Champions League 2019: Defending champions Kashima Antlers drawn against Guangzhou Evergrande for quarter-finals
Kashima Antlers have drawn Guangzhou Evergrande for the quarter-finals as they aim to become the first Japanese side to win back to back titles
FIFA president Gianni Infantino urges Iran to allow female football fans to attend 2022 World Cup qualifiers
Women have been barred from attending matches in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution, with clerics arguing they must be protected from the masculine atmosphere and sight of semi-clad men
FIFA President Gianni Infantino asks Iran to ensure that women are allowed into stadiums for 2022 World Cup Qualifiers
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has requested assurances from Iran that women will be allowed into stadiums for the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers
Women were barred from attending matches in Iran after the 1979 Islamic revolution, with clerics arguing they must be protected from the masculine atmosphere and sight of semi-clad men
Club World Cup: Gareth Bale's 11-minute hat-trick against Kashima Antlers guides Real Madrid to final
Gareth Bale hit an 11-minute hat-trick on Wednesday as Real Madrid strolled into the Club World Cup final by beating Kashima Antlers 3-1 in Abu Dhabi.
Premier League: Jose Mourinho's sacking from Manchester United 'a shame', says Real Madrid's Marcelo
Jose Mourinho was dismissed by Manchester United after a poor run of form left the club sixth in the Premier League table and 19 points adrift of leaders Liverpool.
Goalkeeper Shin Hwa-yong saves three penalties to take Suwon Bluewings into AFC Champions League semi-finals
Suwon Bluewings reached the AFC Champions League semi-final after a tense match against South Korean rivals Jeonbuk Motors, who scored three goals to level the aggregate score at 3-3, but were unable to go through.
Fifa's new video review system is struggling to win supporters after Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane and Luka Modric also criticised its application.
Atletico Nacional questioned football's new video referee after the first ever penalty awarded under the system helped dump them out of the Club World Cup.
Japan's Kashima Antlers shocked Atletico Nacional 3-0 on Wednesday to reach the Club World Cup final, aided by a controversial first-ever penalty awarded by video referee.
Cristiano Ronaldo is itching to prove just why he deserved the Ballon d'Or by leading Real Madrid to another Club World Cup title, Zinedine Zidane said Wednesday.