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YOKOHAMA — Kashima Antlers’ stranglehold on the J. League title race slipped again after a 2-1 defeat by Yokohama F. Marinos on Saturday, but best-placed challengers Kawasaki Frontale failed to capitalize by losing to Urawa Reds later in the evening.

Daisuke Sakata gave Marinos an 11th-minute lead at Nissan Stadium before Kashima captain Mitsuo Ogasawara equalized almost immediately, but Kazuma Watanabe restored Yokohama’s advantage three minutes later to leave Antlers sweating on the outcome of Frontale’s match with Reds at Todoroki Stadium.

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