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TENDO, Yamagata Pref. (Kyodo) Masaru Akiba snatched a late winner as promoted Montedio Yamagata beat JEF United Chiba 1-0 to climb into fourth in the J. League on Sunday.

Chiba wasted a handful of opportunities in a scrappy affair at NDsoft Stadium, and the visitors were made to pay dearly as Akiba popped up to bury the decider three minutes from time.

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