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Shimizu S-Pulse replaced champion Kashima Antlers at the top of the J. League, for 24 hours at least, after a 1-1 draw at home to Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Saturday.

Hisato Sato celebrated his return to the Japan national team by firing Hiroshima into a 30th-minute lead at Outsourcing Stadium, but Shinji Okazaki earned S-Pulse a point on the stroke of halftime, heading in Kosuke Ota’s cross for his 13th goal of the season.

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