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Sanfrecce Hiroshima missed their chance to reclaim the top spot in the J. League after the reigning champions were held to a 0-0 draw away to Albirex Niigata on Sunday.

Niigata, which stunned Kashima Antlers 2-1 away last week, had the better of the chances in the second half at Big Swan but was unable to capitalize on sloppy defending as Hiroshima tired following its midweek exertions in the Asian Champions League.

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