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V-Varen Nagasaki earned promotion to the J. League’s first division for the first time on Saturday.

V-Varen, competing in the J2 since 2013, sealed a second-place spot in the league with a 3-1 home win over Katamare Sanuki behind goals from Daichi Inui, Yusuke Maeda and Hijiri Onaga. A crowd of 22,407 was on hand at Transcosmos Stadium to witness the historic event.

V-Varen will join second-division champions Shonan Bellmare in the J1 next season, while another J2 team will earn promotion through a playoff involving the teams finishing third to sixth.

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