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Seven-time champion Kashima Antlers overpowered bottom club Avispa Fukuoka 2-0 to clinch the J. League first-stage title in the final round of matches on Saturday.

Shuto Yamamoto’s 27th-minute header got the party started at Kashima Stadium before Shoma Doi scored for the second game in a row to seal victory and ensure Antlers a place in the postseason playoffs.

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