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SAITAMA — Omiya Ardija put a crimp on Shimizu S-Pulse’s title ambitions and boosted their own hopes of first-division survival with a 3-0 win on Saturday.

S-Pulse headed into the match at Nack5 Stadium five points behind league-leader Nagoya Grampus in third place, and with Omiya beginning the day in the relegation positions and Nagoya not in action, the stage seemed set for Kenta Hasegawa’s side to cut the gap.

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