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Sunday, January 1, 2006
Reds beat S-Pulse to win Emperor's Cup

TOKYO, Jan 1 (Reuters) - Urawa Reds beat 10-man Shimizu S-Pulse 2-1 on Sunday to win the Japanese Emperor's Cup for the first time in 25 years.

Croatian striker Tomislav Maric drilled home a 73rd-minute shot to give the Reds a two-goal cushion after defender Satoshi Horinouchi's first-half opener in Tokyo.

Daisuke Ichikawa pulled one back for S-Pulse in the 76th minute but Urawa comfortably held on to win their second title in two seasons under German manager Guido Buchwald.

S-Pulse finished with 10 men after Kohei Hiramatsu was sent off following his second yellow card six minutes from time.

'Maric showed why we bought him,' said Buchwald. 'He has repaid the club's faith in him and deserves praise for getting us to the final.'

It was Urawa's fifth Emperor's Cup triumph and the first since 1980 when they were known as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.




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