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CHIBA — JEF United Chiba slipped closer to the relegation trapdoor with a 2-1 loss to fellow strugglers Montedio Yamagata on Saturday, on a night when Kashima Antlers’ stumbling pursuit of the title took yet another wrong turn.

With third-from-bottom Kashiwa Reysol drawing 0-0 with Oita Trinita earlier in the day, the pressure was on Chiba to take something from the basement battle at Fukuda Denshi Arena.

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