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Montedio Yamagata held off JEF United Chiba to win the J. League promotion playoff final 1-0 on Sunday at Ajinomoto Stadium, securing the third and last ticket to J1 for next season.

Masato Yamazaki’s first-half header proved to be decisive for Montedio, who had to win in order to climb back to the first division after three years in J2.

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