Kevin Muscat's reign at Melbourne Victory is over, the club legend taking leave from his coaching tenure with a 3-1 loss to Sanfrecce Hirosima.
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Sanfrecce Hiroshima denied Keisuke Honda on his Japanese homecoming, finding a late goal to dent Melbourne Victory's AFC Champions League ambitions.
The A-League has lost perhaps its greatest striker after Besart Berisha secured a lucrative move to Japan.
Teerasil Dangda will become the second Thai international in the J.League's top tier next year having sealed a one-year loan with Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
Masato Kudo has left the Vancouver Whitecaps after one season to sign with Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Japan.
Arsenal announced an agreement earlier this month to buy the Japan international but the transfer is still pending a medical and regulatory processes.
Asano, 21, claimed on Thursday that the Gunners have been in contact with him over a move to the Emirates Stadium.
According to reports in the Japanese media, Asano, 21, has been the subject of a bid from the Gunners.
South American champions River Plate booked their place in the Club World Cup final with a 1-0 win over Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
River Plate are seeking to avoid the semifinal banana skin that is Sanfrecce Hiroshima at the Club World Cup, writes Tim Vickery.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat TP Mazembe 3-0 in the Club World Cup on Sunday.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima reached the quarterfinals of the FIFA Club World Cup with a 2-0 playoff win over Auckland City.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima scored twice in stoppage time to beat Gamba Osaka 3-2 away in the first leg of the J-League final on Wednesday.
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