Eiji Kawashima

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Brazil, France impress, England in Germany stalemate

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar starred as Brazil ramped up their World Cup preparations with a 3-1 win over Japan on Friday, while France saw off Wales 2-0 in Paris and a new-look England held Germany 0-0 at Wembley.

Elsewhere, Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku became his country’s equal all-time record goalscorer as Belgium played out a thrilling 3-3 draw against Mexico in Brussels.

Brazil, France impress, England in Germany stalemate

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar starred as Brazil ramped up their World Cup preparations with a 3-1 win over Japan on Friday, while France saw off Wales 2-0 in Paris and a new-look England held Germany 0-0 at Wembley.

Elsewhere, Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku became his country’s equal all-time record goalscorer as Belgium played out a thrilling 3-3 draw against Mexico in Brussels.

Neymar, Brazil roll aside Japan with video help

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Lille (France) (AFP) – Neymar scored a penalty and missed another as Brazil signalled their intent ahead of next year’s World Cup by outclassing Japan 3-1 in Friday’s international friendly in Lille.

The Paris Saint-Germain star rolled in a 10th-minute spot-kick following consultation with the video assistant referee, although Neymar saw a second penalty saved shortly after by Eiji Kawashima.

Neymar, Brazil roll aside Japan with video help

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Lille (France) (AFP) – Neymar scored a penalty and missed another as Brazil signalled their intent ahead of next year’s World Cup by outclassing Japan 3-1 in Friday’s international friendly in Lille.

The Paris Saint-Germain star rolled in a 10th-minute spot-kick following consultation with the video assistant referee, although Neymar saw a second penalty saved shortly after by Eiji Kawashima.

Okazaki fires 50th for Japan in 4-0 Thai rout

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki celebrated his 50th international goal Tuesday as Japan brushed aside Thailand 4-0 to edge closer to a sixth successive World Cup.

Shinji Kagawa gave the hosts the lead in their Asian Group B qualifier with a sharp finish after eight minutes, before Okazaki thundered home a diving header to bring up his half-century in swashbuckling style.

Japan crush Thailand 4-0 in World Cup qualifier

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Leicester City’s Shinji Okazaki celebrated his 50th international goal Tuesday as Japan brushed aside Thailand 4-0 to edge closer to a sixth successive World Cup.

Shinji Kagawa gave the hosts the lead in their Asian Group B qualifier with a sharp finish after eight minutes, before Okazaki thundered home a diving header to bring up his half-century in swashbuckling style.

Japan crush Thailand 4-0 in World Cup qualifier

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Leicester City’s Shinji Okazaki celebrated his 50th international goal Tuesday as Japan brushed aside Thailand 4-0 to edge closer to a sixth successive World Cup.

Shinji Kagawa gave the hosts the lead in their Asian Group B qualifier with a sharp finish after eight minutes, before Okazaki thundered home a diving header to bring up his half-century in swashbuckling style.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Serge Aurier

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By TIM FONTENAULT

Serge Aurier was too much for the left side of Japan's defense to handle. Throughout the match, he was playing in dangerous crosses. They finally started connecting late in the second half.

Two of Aurier's crosses found their way to the heads of Wilfried Bony and Gervinho and into the goal as the Ivory Coast came from behind to defeat Japan 2-1 Saturday night.

Tuesday Kickoff: Japan first to qualify for World Cup; Heynckes won’t coach next season; and more

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By DAN KARELL

With a 1-1 draw against Australia on Tuesday morning (late evening local time), Japan became the first nation other than Brazil to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

The result gives Japan 14 points from seven matches, good enough to clinch a place in the top two of their Asian Football Confederation Fourth Round qualifying group.

French TV Host Makes Crass ‘Fukushima’ Joke After Japan’s Win Over France, Japanese Government Demand Apology

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By Chris Wright

A French television host has incurred the wrath of the Japanese government after making a joke about the devastating 9.0 magnitudeearthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan in March of 2011, triggering a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant the largest nuclear disaster sinceChernobylin 1986.

Japan Win 2011 Asian Cup

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Japan bagged their fourth ever Asian Cup after a nail-biting 1-0 win over Australia at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha with the winner coming courtesy of a splendid first-time volley by striker Tadanari Lee...

Japan bagged their fourth ever Asian Cup after a nail-biting 1-0 win over Australia at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha with the winner coming courtesy of a splendid first-time volley by striker Tadanari Lee.

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Procura-se guarda-redes de “olhos em bico” para a Bundesliga

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Basta um olhar mais atento para os protagonistas da principal liga alemã de futebol para se constatar o peso que os jogadores oriundos da Ásia, e mais concretamente do Japão e da Coreia do Sul, vêm assumindo em muitas equipas. Na presente época, das 18 formações que disputam a Bundesliga apenas sete não têm qualquer futebolista oriundo daqueles dois países.