Tokyo striker Muto appears on AERA cover

FC Tokyo striker Yoshinori Muto will be featured in the latest edition of Japanese magazine Aera, his club announced on Monday.

The growing Japan icon, who scored two goals in Tokyo’s 2-2 draw at Gamba Osaka on Saturday, has also been photographed for the publication’s cover.

Muto’s league debut came against Sanfrecce Hiroshima in July 2013 and he has now gone on to score 16 goals in 39 appearances across all competitions for his club.

Ex-Samurai Blues coach Javier Aguirre called up Muto for the 2015 Asian Cup, where the promising starlet went on to play in every game as Japan progressed to the quarter-finals.


S-Pulse shock Kashima Antlers as giants record third straight loss

Genki Omae struck twice as Shimizu S-Pulse beat Kashima Antlers 3-1 on Sunday, heaping yet more misery on the struggling J.League giants.

Toninho Cerezo’s men were aiming to put the dampening defeats suffered in the AFC Champions League, as well as last year’s third place league finish, behind them with a result at IAI Stadium.

But the visitors’ third loss in as many games only followed, as Omae’s brace – a goal in each half – plus former Antler Takuya Honda’s strike ensured S-Pulse earned three valuable points in their survival bid this season, with Australia international Mitchell Duke making his J.League debut.

Substitute Yasushi Endo did net Kashima Antlers a temporary equaliser in the 69th minute while the club will rue Takahide Umebachi’s ambitious attempt that came back off the woodwork, but the task ultimately proved too big for a team missing key players in Gen Shoji and Davi.

The collapse puts an early dent on the seven-time league champions’ title hopes and piles more pressure on the injury-depleted side ahead of next Saturday’s game against Shonan Bellmare.


F.Marinos cover most ground collectively, reveals J.League

Yokohoma F.Marinos ran the most during their 3-1 home defeat to Kawasaki Frontale, according to data from the J.League.

The top flight’s Live Tracking system has released a set of statistics from the first matchday of the new season.

F.Marinos covered 120.16km as a team at Nissan Stadium on Saturday but it proved all in vain, as they succumbed to rivals Frontale.

Nagoya Grampus ran the least collectively at 102.16km, although Akira Nishino’s team were still able to come back from two goals down in the last 15 minutes to draw 3-3 with Matsumoto Yamaga.

F.Marinos midfielder Shingo Hyodo put in a real shift for his side, running 13.05km, while FC Tokyo’s Ryoichi Maeda and Hyodo’s team-mate Jungo Fujimoto came in second and third respectively.

Gamba Osaka’s 37-year-old midfielder Tomokazu Myojin remarkably was able to cover 11.68km, while the player who sprinted the most at speeds above 24km per hour was Vegalta Sendai’s defender Naoki Sugai, at 36 times.

The J.League’s Live Tracking system can be accessed from its official website.