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Soccer: Kyoto clinch promotion after 11 seasons in 2nd division

Kyoto Sanga forward Takumi Miyayoshi, second from right, clears the ball during a 0-0 draw with JEF United Chiba at Chiba's Fukuda Denshi Arena on Nov. 28, 2021. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Kyoto Sanga earned promotion to the J-League's first division next season with a scoreless draw at JEF United Chiba on Sunday in J2.

    Sanga, who last played in J1 in 2010, entered the day needing just one point and the scoreless draw moved them up to 83 points. Their nearest promotion rivals, Ventforet Kofu, won 1-0 away at Renofa Yamaguchi to move up to 79, but all teams have only one game remaining.

    Jubilo Iwata, who had already secured promotion after a two-year absence from the top flight, sealed the J2 title thanks to Kyoto's stalemate. Jubilo also drew 0-0 away to Thespakusatsu Gunma and have 88 points.

    With relegation suspended in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, J1 swelled to 20 teams this season but will return to the standard 18 next year. To that end, the bottom four J1 sides will automatically drop, with the top two J2 clubs going up.

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