HIRATSUKA, Kanagawa Pref. (Kyodo) Omiya Ardija eased their relegation fears and all but condemned fellow strugglers Shonan Bellmare to a swift return to the second division in the process after a commanding 3-1 away win on Wednesday night.

The result moved Omiya five points clear of the drop zone with five games left but rock-bottom Shonan will be relegated if they lose away to Shimizu S-Pulse on Sunday. League leaders Nagoya are up next for Omiya.

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