Vissel Kobe and Yokohama F Marinos missed nine consecutive spot kicks in the deciding penalty shootout as Andres Iniesta's team eventually won.
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Former Barcelona and Spain striker David Villa has announced he will retire at the end of the year.
Spain's World Cup-winning striker Fernando Torres ended a glittering 18-year career on Friday with his final match for J-League club Sagan Tosu.
Carles Perez scored twice as Barcelona beat a Vissel Kobe side including Andres Iniesta 2-0 in the Rakuten Cup on Saturday in Japan.
Sergi Samper, who has made one appearance this season, said his desire to play regular football again was the main reason behind his decision.
Andres Iniesta has said he and his family struggled to adapt after swapping Barcelona for Vissel Kobe but they are now beginning to feel settled.
Andres Iniesta released a statement explaining a social media post that prompted criticism because of a photo that included two people in blackface.
Andres Iniesta has been criticized on social media for posting a photo showing him with a group of people, including two in blackface.
David Villa has revealed that he will be joining up with former Spain teammate Andres Iniesta in Japan at Vissel Kobe, after leaving NYCFC.
Andres Iniesta, now at Vissel Kobe, said he had struggled in the months following Barcelona's 2008-09 success.
Andres Iniesta is to have a monument dedicated to him in his home province of Albacete in tribute to his stellar contribution to the Spanish region.
Club said Shunki Takahashi had told a friend via instant messaging that Iniesta, who joined in May, would not appear against Urawa Reds on Sept. 23.
Andres Iniesta is soon to be the star of his very own fly-on-the-wall television series covering his transfer to Vissel Kobe.
Sagan Tosu won 3-0 with Torres scoring the third goal after 84 minutes.
Andres Iniesta scored his first goal for Vissel Kobe in their 2-1 victory over Jubilo Iwata on Saturday.
Iniesta arrived in Japan from Barcelona last month but, after two J-League appearances, has returned to Spain for a few days.
Iniesta was a second-half substitute for Vissel Kobe's 3-0 loss, while Torres couldn't prevent Sagan Tosu - who are second-bottom - from losing 1-0.
Andres Iniesta will bring a lot to Vissel Kobe, the J.League and Asia. The 'Iniesta methodology' may shape the future of football in the region.
Andres Iniesta has completed a move to Japanese side Vissel Kobe just days after leaving Barcelona.
Andres Iniesta has hinted that he's set to join Japanese side Vissel Kobe.
Barcelona star Andres Iniesta insists that no decision on his future has been made, and that "all possibilities are open."
Andres Iniesta has reached an agreement to sign with Japan's Vissel Kobe, sources have confirmed to ESPN's Jordi Blanco.
Thai international Theerathon Bunmathan will join ex-Germany striker Lukas Podolski at J.League club Vissel Kobe in 2018 after securing a loan deal.
Theerathon Bunmathan has said it would be a dream to become the latest Muangthong United star to swap the Thai League for the J.League.
Conservative website Breitbart has apologised for mistaking retired Germany international Lukas Podolski for a travelling migrant in a recent story.
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