Latest Japan National Soccer Team News

Colombia midfielder gets second-fastest World Cup red card

Jun. 19, 2018 5:13 PM EDT

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez will be relieved about one thing. His third-minute dismissal in the team's opener with Japan on Tuesday at the World Cup isn't the fastest in the tournament's history. That honor remains in the hands of Uruguay defender Jose Batista, who was shown...

Senegal beats Poland 2-1, 1st African win at World Cup

Jun. 19, 2018 4:28 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Senegal midfielder Mbaye Niang saw the signal from the referee to re-enter following treatment for an injury and jogged along the center line. Then Niang noticed Poland's Grzegorz Krychowiak loft a backpass to Jan Bednarek, who hadn't realized Niang was back on the field. Niang outsprinted...

The Latest: Salah scores, but Russia beats Egypt for 2nd win

Jun. 19, 2018 3:59 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday at the World Cup (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Russia scored three goals in 15 minutes early in the second half to set up a 3-1 win over Egypt that moved the host nation to the brink of the World Cup's knockout stage on Tuesday. Mohamed Salah won and converted a penalty...

Colombia remains 'united,' backs Sanchez after red card

Jun. 19, 2018 1:37 PM EDT

SARANSK, Russia (AP) — Colombia's Carlos Sanchez offered no explanation for the early red card that put his team a man down for nearly its entire game against Japan, but his coach and teammates backed him after the 2-1 loss. Sanchez was called for a handball in the third minute on a shot that looked bound...

Early penalty helps Japan beat Colombia 2-1 at World Cup

Jun. 19, 2018 12:53 PM EDT

SARANSK, Russia (AP) — Japan did what no other Asian team had ever done at a World Cup — beat a South American squad on the biggest stage in soccer. The 2-1 victory over Colombia on Tuesday was another surprising result in an unpredictable tournament. A costly mistake by Colombia midfielder Carlos...

Japan princess in Russia to support team at World Cup

Jun. 19, 2018 10:44 AM EDT

SARANSK, Russia (AP) — A Japanese princess is supporting her nation's team at the World Cup, becoming the first member of Japan's royal family to visit Russia in more than a century. Princess Hisako of Takamada appeared Tuesday at Mordovia Arena in Saransk, where Japan beat Colombia 2-1, and waved to...

The Latest: Saudis safe after in-flight drama at World Cup

Jun. 18, 2018 4:21 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the World Cup (all times local): 11:09 a.m. Saudi team officials say the players have landed safely after a reported engine failure on their flight to Rostov-on-Don for a World Cup game against Uruguay. The Saudi Arabian Football Federation posted a statement on...

Russia has chance to make mark at World Cup with another win

Jun. 18, 2018 1:04 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — With or without Mohamed Salah in the lineup, Egypt should give Russia an indication if it has any shot at making a mark in this year's World Cup. Russia dismissed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game of the tournament, but the lopsided victory failed to show if the team is actually good...

Colombia's Rodriguez not confirmed for World Cup opener

Jun. 18, 2018 12:25 PM EDT

SARANSK, Russia (AP) — The top scorer of the 2014 World Cup is not guaranteed to play in Colombia's opening match against Japan. James Rodriguez is recovering from a left calf injury and coach Jose Pekerman would not confirm if Colombia's star midfielder will even be on the bench for Tuesday's game. "We...

Japan team at World Cup troubled by earthquake, hotel alarm

Jun. 18, 2018 12:05 PM EDT

SARANSK, Russia (AP) — Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Japan coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have...