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Yamato Machida scored the decisive spot kick to fire JEF United Chiba into the fourth round of the Emperor’s Cup on Wednesday night as Takashi Sekizuka’s side claimed local bragging rights with 12-11 penalty shootout win away to Kashiwa Reysol.

Leandro had his shot saved by Chiba goalkeeper Shun Takagi and Machida atoned for missing his first effort by drilling home to seal victory after a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes, extending Chiba’s excellent run of results under Sekizuka in the process.

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