Soccer: Beleza defeat Urawa 4-3, win 4th straight Empress's Cup

Nippon TV Beleza claimed the Empress’s Cup for the fourth straight year Tuesday, beating Nadeshiko League champions Urawa Reds 4-3 following a pair of second-half goals from Japan forward Rikako Kobayashi. Beleza lifted the trophy a record 15th time following the final of the all-Japan women’s tournament at Kyoto’s Sanga Stadium, a replay of last year’s decider won 1-0 by the Tokyo club. Urawa erased a 2-0 halftime deficit, then leveled the scores again at 3-3 off the boot of 38-year-old World Cup winner Kozue Ando in the 86th minute, but Kobayashi struck the winner two minutes later. Urawa ha…

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