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Tokyo Verdy Beats Jubilo in Emperor's Cup Football Final

Strong defensive play helped a 10-man Tokyo Verdy football (soccer) squad beat defending champion Jubilo Iwata 2-1 in the Emperor's Cup final in Tokyo, Japan.

Verdy got a 35th minute goal from Kazunori Iio to open the scoring Saturday, then doubled its lead to 2-0 on a strike from Kazuki Hiramoto in the 53th minute.

Daigo Kobayashi was sent off just before halftime after receiving a second yellow card, forcing Verdy to play defensively for the remainder of the game. But Iwata struggled to score against Tokyo Verdy's tough defense until Norihiro Nishi finally broke through in the 76th minute to make the final 2-1.

It is the fifth time Verdy has won the knock-out tournament. It last won the Emperor's Cup in 1996.

Some information provided by AFP and Reuters.