Soccer: Ueki double leads Beleza to record 16th Empress’s Cup
Japan forward Riko Ueki hit a brace as Nippon TV Tokyo Verdy Beleza thumped INAC Kobe Leonessa 4-0 to lift the Empress’s Cup for a record-extending 16th time on Saturday.
The 23-year-old Ueki volleyed home the opener in the 39th minute before doubling Beleza’s lead four minutes after the break from a corner at Yodoko Sakura Stadium in Osaka.
Rikako Kobayashi scored their third in the 81st minute and 19-year-old Aoba Fujino completed the rout by netting in the 90th minute as Beleza won the title for the first time in two years.
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