SAITAMA — Japan international Alessandro Santos scored a stunning free-kick and set up another goal as Urawa Reds beat Omiya Ardija 3-1 in a bruising Saitama derby on Saturday.

Santos, popularly known as Alex, opened the scoring after just three minutes before Naoto Sakurai equalized four minutes later.

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