Soccer: J-League champs Kawasaki beat Gamba 1-0 in Emperor's Cup final

Runaway J-League champions Kawasaki Frontale concluded their record-breaking season Friday with victory in the Emperor’s Cup final, beating Gamba Osaka 1-0 after rising star Kaoru Mitoma struck the winner early in the second half. First-division runners-up Gamba started brightly, but the champions gradually asserted themselves and were firmly in control by the time Mitoma scored with a clinical finish in the 55th minute at Tokyo’s National Stadium. Having never previously won the all-Japan tournament, Kawasaki sent off retiring club great Kengo Nakamura with the first league and cup double of …

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