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J. League first division champion Kawasaki Frontale outclassed FC Tokyo 4-2 in their "Tamagawa Clasico" game at Tokyo's Ajinomoto Stadium on Sunday behind an early brace from Akihiro Ienaga.

Leandro Damiao twice set up Ienaga and scored one of his own, while dynamo Kaoru Mitoma scored the league leader's third in the heated rivalry between teams whose stadiums sit a few kilometers apart on either side of the Tama River.

"We played well from the start and that allowed us to attack, landing us the first goal and a second," said Ienaga, whose goals in the eighth and 17th minutes made it look like it would be a long day for the hosts.

Ienaga scored his first at the end of two superb passes. Midfielder Joao Schmidt cut off an attempted clearance, chested it down, and passed it forward. Brazilian compatriot Damiao trapped it, and floated a ball over the hosts' backline for Ienaga to head in.

"As soon as we got the ball, my role was to find space. I got a good ball and hit a good shot," Ienaga said.

More careless passing at the back in the 17th minute allowed Mitoma to casually collect the ball in midfield and pass it to Damiao, who rolled a through pass to Ienaga at the edge of the area. With no one defending him, Ienaga took his time and blasted a rocket that gave keeper Tsuyoshi Kodama no chance.

"It was a great pass, and I could be really relaxed as I hit it," Ienaga said.

Adailton pulled one back for the hosts in the 59th minute, only for Mitoma to find the net two minutes later with more help from the Tokyo defense.

Frontale right back Miki Yamane got things started with a slick run down the right. He sent a curling cross over Damiao toward Mitoma on the left wing. Defender Takumi Nakamura beat the attacker to the ball and cut it only to drop it at Mitoma's feet. The youngster swept past and fired home from near the penalty spot.

Shogo Taniguchi headed a free kick into Damiao's path and he easily side-footed it into the net for the visitors' fourth.

Tokyo scored an 84th-minute consolation goal as Takuya Uchida bounced a header past a defender and keeper Kenta Tanno after a beautiful cross from fellow substitute Yojiro Takahagi found him unmarked on the right.

Elsewhere, Consadole Sapporo came from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw with Kashima Antlers, while Vegalta Sendai was held 0-0 at home by Yokohama F. Marinos.

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