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Daisuke Aoki kicked a 19-yard field goal with 1:02 remaining as the Lixil Deers came from a two-touchdown deficit to beat the All Mitsubishi Lions 31-28 on Monday night in the X League’s season opener.

The Deers, formerly owned by Kajima Corp. but now a club team sponsored by Lixil Corp., struggled to stop the Lions’ run offense in the first half, then had a hard time against their passing attack in the second half.

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