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Former Japan international Daisuke Ichikawa hit a late winner as Shimizu S-Pulse beat 10-man Vissel Kobe 1-0 on Sunday to reduce fading Kashima Antlers’ lead at the top of the J. League to a single point.

Kobe had South Korean midfielder Kim Nam Il sent off 11 minutes into the second half for a second bookable offense but the visitors looked to be on their way to a hard-earned point at Outsourcing Stadium.

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