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was making a timely improvement ahead of the Asian Cup in Australia in January. Second-half goals by substitute Yasuyuki Konno and Shinji Okazaki earned Japan a merited victory, with Tim Cahill's last-minute header bringing scant consolation
Makoto Hasebe, 2010 and 2014 World Cup captain, returns along with midfield partner Yasuhito Endo. With defenders Yasuyuki Konno and Atusto Uchida on the list, the Japan lineup is likely to be an experienced one with Keisuke Honda of AC Milan
Australia. Japan coach Javier Aguirre opted for experience, recalling veterans Yasuhito Endo, Atsuto Uchida and Yasuyuki Konno who were all absent when Japan was thrashed 4-0 by Brazil in Singapore last month. Japan has won only one game
omitted eleven members of the World Cup squad from his first selection against Uruguay on Friday, with Yasuhito Endo, Yasuyuki Konno and Yoshito Okubo unlikely to feature again for the national team. Aguirre told reporters he would have called on
AP) Gamba Osaka's seemingly relentless move toward the top of the J-League continued Saturday as goals from Yasuyuki Konno and Takashi Usami gave it a 2-0 win at Omiya Ardija. Kawasaki Frontale is third after a 2-1 home win over second-placed
Lineups: Japan: Eiji Kawashima, Atsuto Uchida, Keisuke Honda, Yuto Nagamoto, Shinji Okazaki, Yoshito Okubo, Yasuyuki Konno , Hotaru Yamaguchi, Makoto Hasebe, Yuya Osako and Maya Yoshida. Greece: Orestis Karnezis; Yiannis Maniatis
heading for a third straight victory after Juan Cuadrado drilled his 17th-minute spot kick down the middle following Yasuyuki Konno 's trip on Adrian Ramos. Japan needed a win to stand any chance of overhauling second-place Ivory Coast but was
Liege), Shusaku Nishikawa (Urawa Reds), Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo) Defenders: Yuichi Komano (Jubilo Iwata), Yasuyuki Konno (Gamba Osaka), Masahiko Inoha (Jubilo Iwata), Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan), Masato Morishige (FC Tokyo
stifled Andrea Pirlo - and it immediately backfired. Off a short corner awarded after Pirlo was stripped at midfield, Yasuyuki Konno popped a little lob over an advancing Italian back four. Giorgio Chiellini attempted to head the ball away, but
Kawashima, Keisuke Honda (Takashi Inui, 89), Yuto Nagatomo, Atsuto Uchida, Yasuhito Endo (Hajime Hosogai, 78), Hiroshi Kiyotake (Ryoichi Maeda, 51), Shinji Okazaki, Shinji Kagawa, Yasuyuki Konno , Makoto Hasebe, Maya Yoshida.