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Urawa beats Chapecoense to win Suruga Bank Cup


xxx during the Suruga Bank Championship match between Urawa Red Diamonds and Chapecoense at Saitama Stadium on August 15, 2017 in Saitama, Japan.

Masashi Hara

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) Yuki Abe scored a penalty with two minutes left to give J-League side Urawa Reds a 1-0 victory over Brazil’s Chapecoense in the Suruga Bank Championship on Tuesday.

Referee Kim Jong Hyeok awarded the spot-kick after judging that Chapecoense captain Grolli took Zlatan Ljubijankic down.

Chapecoense protested the call and Grolli said after the match that he did not foul Ljubijankic.

Chapecoense was playing its first competitive match overseas since all but three of its players were killed in a plane crash in November near Medellin, Colombia.

The annual midsummer match pits the Copa Sudamericana champions against the J-League cup holders.