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A superb first-half strike from Japan defender Atsuhiro Miura put Tokyo Verdy on the way to a comfortable 2-0 away win at Kashiwa Reysol as Osvaldo Ardiles’ resurgent side went top of the J. League on Sunday.

Miura, who impressed in the national team’s recent 1-0 win in Tunisia, gave the visitors the lead in the 35th minute, picking up a pass from Mboma just outside the box before firing beyond Yuta Minami into the top right hand corner of the net.

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