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Goalkeeper Norihiro Yamagishi headed in a stoppage-time winner to send Emperor’s Cup finalists Montedio Yamagata into the playoff final for promotion to the J. League first division with a 2-1 victory away to Jubilo Iwata on Sunday.

Iwata, which finished fourth in J2 this season, only had to avoid defeat to sixth-placed Yamagata to book its spot in the Dec. 7 final against JEF United Chiba in Tokyo.

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