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SAITAMA — Urawa Reds thrashed championship rival Kawasaki Frontale 3-0 on Sunday to move into first place in the J. League.

A win for either side at Saitama Stadium would have been enough to wrest top spot away from Shimizu S-Pulse, and the home team staked an early claim with two goals inside the first eight minutes from Hajime Hosogai and Tatsuya Tanaka.

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