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Skipper Maya Yoshida back, no Takehiro Tomiyasu as Japan look to seal World Cup spot
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Skipper Maya Yoshida back, no Takehiro Tomiyasu as Japan look to seal World Cup spot

Japan can book their place at a seventh straight World Cup by beating the Socceroos in Sydney on 24 March, having recovered from a dreadful start to the qualifying campaign for Qatar 2022.

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Japan skipper Maya Yoshida slams Saudi fans for 'discriminatory gestures'
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FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Japan skipper Maya Yoshida slams Saudi fans for 'discriminatory gestures'

Yoshida had angry words with a section of the home fans after the qualifying defeat in Jeddah on Thursday, after they were seen taunting him during a post-match interview.

Serie A: Champions Inter Milan's 100 percent start ended by 2-2 draw at Sampdoria
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Serie A: Champions Inter Milan's 100 percent start ended by 2-2 draw at Sampdoria

Inter are two points behind leaders Napoli after failing to beat a spirited Samp side in Genoa following two wins in their opening two fixtures of the campaign.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Maya Yoshida, Takefusa Kubo headline 18-man Japan football squad
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Maya Yoshida, Takefusa Kubo headline 18-man Japan football squad

Japan have only won an Olympic men's football medal once — bronze at Mexico 1968 but manager Hajime Moriyasu is confident of glory on home soil when Tokyo 2020 begins next month.

AFC Asian Cup 2019: Record-breaking Almoez Ali scores acrobatic bicycle kick as Qatar beat Japan to claim first-ever title
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AFC Asian Cup 2019: Record-breaking Almoez Ali scores acrobatic bicycle kick as Qatar beat Japan to claim first-ever title

Qatar striker Ali scored with an acrobatic bicycle kick after just 12 minutes before Abdelaziz Hatim curled in a superb second and Akram Afif converted a VAR-assisted penalty

AFC Asian Cup 2019: Asian football being embarrassed by 'stupid things,' says Japan captain Maya Yoshida
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AFC Asian Cup 2019: Asian football being embarrassed by 'stupid things,' says Japan captain Maya Yoshida

The Southampton defender called on tournament organisers to deal swiftly with incidents of "stupidity" that, according to Yoshida, risk damaging the reputation of Asian football.

AFC Asian Cup 2019: Japan build on fortuitous penalty to eliminate favourites Iran and enter final
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AFC Asian Cup 2019: Japan build on fortuitous penalty to eliminate favourites Iran and enter final

Yuya Osako put Japan 1-0 up after half-time but it was his penalty shortly afterwards, awarded following a video review, that knocked the stuffing out of Iran

AFC Asian Cup 2019: Ritsu Doan's VAR penalty helps Japan beat Vietnam to book spot in semi-final
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AFC Asian Cup 2019: Ritsu Doan's VAR penalty helps Japan beat Vietnam to book spot in semi-final

Ritsu Doan scored the Asian Cup's first penalty awarded through the video assistant referee as Japan beat Vietnam 1-0 to reach the Asian Cup semi-finals

AFC Asian Cup 2019: Japan need to be 'more clinical' to challenge title favourites Iran, South Korea, says Maya Yoshida
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AFC Asian Cup 2019: Japan need to be 'more clinical' to challenge title favourites Iran, South Korea, says Maya Yoshida

A new-look Japan were unimpressive when they beat Turkmenistan 3-2 in their opening fixture, but were missing two-goal hero Yuya Osako for the Oman clash.

AFC Asian Cup 2019: India coach Stephen Constantine feels great to have given fans hope after Thailand win
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AFC Asian Cup 2019: India coach Stephen Constantine feels great to have given fans hope after Thailand win

India coach Stephen Constantine felt it was a positive feeling to have fans expecting big things from his side and feels proud to have given the nation hope.

AFC Asian Cup 2019: Japan captain Maya Yoshida urges young teammates to handle pressure to fulfill 'strong expectations'
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AFC Asian Cup 2019: Japan captain Maya Yoshida urges young teammates to handle pressure to fulfill 'strong expectations'

Japan captain Maya Yoshida warned his young teammates that they will need to handle the pressure that comes with being Asian Cup favourites as the four-time winners prepare to open their campaign against Turkmenistan

AFC Asian Cup 2019: From South Korea's Son Heung-min to Japan's Maya Yoshida, top players to watch out for in UAE
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AFC Asian Cup 2019: From South Korea's Son Heung-min to Japan's Maya Yoshida, top players to watch out for in UAE

Five players likely to catch the eye at the Asian Cup, which starts on Saturday in Abu Dhabi:

Premier League: Stoke City relegated after loss to Crystal Palace; West Brom beat Tottenham to stay afloat
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Premier League: Stoke City relegated after loss to Crystal Palace; West Brom beat Tottenham to stay afloat

Jake Livermore kept alive West Bromwich Albion's slender hopes of avoiding relegation as his last-gasp strike clinched a dramatic 1-0 win over Tottenham, while Stoke were relegated after a 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Premier League: Virgil van Dijk's return increases competition within team, says Southampton's Maya Yoshida
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Premier League: Virgil van Dijk's return increases competition within team, says Southampton's Maya Yoshida

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida knows Virgil van Dijk’s return to the squad will make it even more difficult to hold down a place in the starting line-up but says the increased competition can only be good for the Premier League club.

Premier League: Southampton's Wesley Hoedt relishes 'strong partnership' with compatriot Virgil van Dijk
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Premier League: Southampton's Wesley Hoedt relishes 'strong partnership' with compatriot Virgil van Dijk

Southampton’s new centre back Wesley Hoedt has backed his Netherlands team mate Virgil van Dijk to get his club career back on track after a summer of turmoil and is relishing the prospect of a strong partnership with his compatriot.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Japan qualify for the mega event in Russia after beating Australia 2-0
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FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Japan qualify for the mega event in Russia after beating Australia 2-0

Asano steered home a left-foot volley and Ideguchi sealed the victory with a stunning long-range strike as Japan became the fourth team to reach next year's finals.

Premier League: Maya Yoshida signs new three-year contract with Southampton
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Premier League: Maya Yoshida signs new three-year contract with Southampton

Since joining from Dutch club VVV-Venlo, Yoshida has grown to relish life in England and he had no qualms about extending his stay.

Premier League: Southampton boss Claude Puel demands positive reaction after Europa League exit
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Premier League: Southampton boss Claude Puel demands positive reaction after Europa League exit

Southampton manager Claude Puel demanded a positive reaction from his team in Sunday's home Premier League game against Middlesbrough after their Europa League exit.

Sunderland boss David Moyes charged by FA after League Cup meltdown
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Sunderland boss David Moyes charged by FA after League Cup meltdown

Sunderland manager David Moyes was charged by the FA with misconduct after being ordered off the touchline during the EFL Cup loss to Southampton.