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Resurgent striker Naohiro Takahara scored twice as Urawa Reds made up ground on leaders Kashima Antlers with a 3-2 victory away to Montedio Yamagata in the J. League on Saturday.

Takahara headed the winner seven minutes from time to close the gap on Kashima, albeit for 24 hours at least, to seven points, while Albirex Niigata also improved to 31 points from 16 games after cruising to a 4-0 win at lowly Kashiwa Reysol.

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