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A Junya Tanaka strike lifted Vissel Kobe into the Levain Cup quarterfinals with a 1-0 Group B victory at struggling Albirex Niigata on Wednesday night.

Seven minutes after the break at Denka Big Swan Stadium, Tanaka struck with his left foot, and Vissel held on for a victory that lifted the Kobe club to 15 points and the top spot after the final round of group play.

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