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Modest JEF United Ichihara crushed Vegalta Sendai 5-1 at home on Saturday to move three points clear at the top of the J. League after 10-man Kashima Antlers were beaten 2-0 at lowly Shimizu S-Pulse.

South Korea striker Choi Yong Soo marked his return from injury with a five-star display as he grabbed a brace and created two more to move Ichihara onto 26 points with three games of the first stage remaining.

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