Soccer: Esaka brace lifts Reds to Super Cup win over Frontale

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Ataru Esaka scored in the opening minutes and again with the clock running down to lift Emperor's Cup champions Urawa Reds to a 2-0 win over J-League champions Kawasaki Frontale in Saturday's season-opening Super Cup. Esaka opened the scoring in the seventh minute against the two-time defending J1 champions, and closed it out in the 81st minute at Yokohama's Nissan Stadium. It was Reds' second Super Cup victory, their last coming in 2006. The J-League season kicks off on Friday, when Frontale host FC Tokyo at Todoroki Stadium.

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