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Montedio Yamagata picked up three crucial points in their bid to beat the drop with a deserved 2-0 win at fellow strugglers Avispa Fukuoka in the J. League first division on Sunday.

Masaru Akiba opened the scoring in the first half with a rasping drive and substitute Yu Hasegawa finished Fukuoka off 18 minutes from time at Level-5 Stadium to give the visitors their first win in seven matches.

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