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J. League heavyweights Urawa Reds slipped into the relegation places with five matches remaining after a 1-0 derby-day defeat to Omiya Ardija on Saturday.

Urawa, champion in 2006 and Japan’s best-supported club, went into the match at Saitama Stadium having fallen into the bottom three by virtue of Ventforet Kofu’s 4-0 win at Cerezo Osaka earlier in the day, and stayed there after an 84th-minute header from Brazilian striker Rafael gave Ardija the three points.

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