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Forward Osako did the damage in the second half by scoring the first goals conceded by Iran in the tournament [Suhaib Salem-Reuters]

Japan beats Iran to reach Asian Cup football final

Japan will play for a record fifth Asian Cup title after beating Iran 3-0 to reach the final.
Bayern Munich’s French midfielder Franck Ribery (L) and Bayern Munich’s Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches (R) celebrate after the first goal for Munich during the German first division football match between 1 FC Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig in Munich, southern Germany, on December 19, 2018. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP) /

Late Franck Ribery winner grabs Bayern Munich victory over RB Leipzig

A late goal from Franck Ribery fired Bayern Munich to a nervy 1-0 win over RB Leipzig on Wednesday, which saw the Bundesliga champions move to within six points of league leaders Borussia Dortmund.
Bayern Munich's Austrian defender David Alaba (top) and teammates celebrate after German midfielder Serge Gnabry (unseen) scored a second goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match Werder Bremen vs FC Bayern Munich in Bremen, nothern Germany, on December 1, 2018. (Photo by Patrik STOLLARZ / AFP)

Bayern up to third with first league win for a month

Bayern Munich earned their first Bundesliga win for a month as Serge Gnabry scored twice in Saturday's 2-1 win at Werder Bremen but the defending champions remained nine points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund.
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From bars to temples, Japan fans flock for World Cup win

When Japan’s Blue Samurai take on Belgium Monday for a spot in the World Cup quarter finals, fans nationwide will pack spots from bars to temples to cheer them on.
Senegal’s head coach, Aliou Cissé, was in confident mood at the press conference before his side face Japan in Group H. Francis R Malasig|EPA

Annoyed Cisse slams Senegal defence after Japan draw

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse criticised his team for letting Japan equalise twice in their World Cup Group H game on Sunday, and said he expected more from central defenders Kalidou Koulibaly and Salif Sane.

Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez sent off in defeat to Japan

Japan got their World Cup campaign off to the perfect start with a 2-1 win over Colombia, who suffered the tournament's first red card after only three minutes.

Robert Lewandowski penalty rescues Bayern Munich at Wolfsburg

Robert Lewandowski converted a 91st-minute penalty to rescue Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich with a 2-1 win at Wolfsburg on Saturday which took their winning streak to 13 and extended their advantage at the top of the table to 21 points.

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France probes sexual assault claim against Vatican envoy

French prosecutors said Friday they were investigating a sexual assault complaint made against the Vatican’s envoy to Paris in more unwelcome news for the Catholic church as it looks to turn the page on years of scandal.
[FILE] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech before lighting a stylised-menorah during the start of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, in Ramat Gan in the suburbs of the Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv on December 2, 2018. – Israeli police on December 2 recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara for bribery and other offences, the third such move against the premier in recent months. Netanyahu immediately rejected the accusations, but the three cases against him have led to speculation that they could eventually force the long-serving prime minister to step down. (Photo by Jack GUEZ / AFP)

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