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HIRATSUKA, Kanagawa Pref. — Nagoya Grampus finally claimed their first-ever J. League title with a 1-0 win over Shonan Bellmare on Saturday as Kashima Antlers’ challenge fizzled out with a scoreless draw at Vissel Kobe.

Grampus, one of the league’s original 10 members, needed to beat already-relegated Shonan and hope that Kashima could not do the same against Vissel, and a tense opening 45 minutes at Hiratsuka Stadium suggested the burden was weighing heavily on Dragan Stojkovic’s side.

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