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Popo puts promotion-chasing Vissel a small step closer

Vissel are a small step closer to promotion following a 2-0 home win against Ehime. Popo started the scoring and Ken Tokura doubled Kobe's advantage, allowing Vissel to put the disappointment of the midweek defeat at Fagiano Okayama behind them.

Fagiano, meanwhile, missed the opportunity to grab a top-six slot, failing to score against mid-table Yokohama.

After soaring to the great heights (8-2) against Gifu in midweek, Gamba Osaka crashed back to earth 3-0 at play-off contenders JEF United, who look odds-on to be in the dog-fight for promotion come the end of the season.

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