Tokyo: Former Japan international midfielder Tsukasa Shiotani has returned to the J-League to sign for Sanfrecce Hiroshima after leaving Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates.
Shiotani, who was part of the Samurai Blue squad that reached the final of the AFC Asian Cup in the UAE in 2019, has gone back to Hiroshima four years after making the switch to Al Ain from the Japanese club.
'Nothing is impossible in race for top three', insists Vietnam's Tien Linh as China PR clash looms
Sharjah: Vietnam may have lost their opening two games in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar, but Nguyen Tien Linh believes the Golden Stars still have a chance of finishing in the top three of Group B as they prepare to face China PR on Thursday.
Appearing in the final round of Asian Qualifiers for the first time, Vietnam took the lead in their Group B opener against Saudi Arabia in Riyadh but, reduced to 10 men, fell to a 3-1 defeat before being edged 1-0 by Australia in Hanoi on Matchday Two.
Next up in the United Arab Emirates they face neighbours China, who have also suffered back-to-back defeats, in what is already a crunch encounter at these early stages, before taking on Oman in Muscat five days later.