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Albirex Niigata lost for the first time under new manager Wagner Lopes on Sunday, 2-1 away to Vegalta Sendai.

Niigata’s Thiago Galhardo broke the deadlock two minutes past the hour, but Crislan scored a quick brace, netting in the 83rd and 84th minutes for Sendai, which snapped a three-game winless drought and improved to 17 points.

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