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There is no prize for heading into the J. League’s World Cup shutdown in first place, but Urawa Reds can at least savor the view from the top of the table for the next two months.

Urawa beat Cerezo Osaka 1-0 on Saturday to lead the way into the May 18-July 15 break, one point ahead of second-place Sagan Tosu and five clear of Vissel Kobe and Kashima Antlers.

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