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SAITAMA — Naoki Ishihara salvaged an 85th-minute equalizer to all-but secure Omiya Ardija’s first-division survival and edge Vissel Kobe closer to the relegation trapdoor with a 2-2 draw on Tuesday.

Vissel, occupying the third and final spot in the J. League drop zone, went into the game at Nack5 Stadium after fourth-from-bottom FC Tokyo had beaten newly crowned champions Nagoya Grampus earlier in the day, meaning defeat for the Kansai side would leave it four points adrift with two games remaining.

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