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Monday, Nov. 1, 2004

Draw leaves Reds happy

GOI, Chiba Pref. (Kyodo) Gamba Osaka came from two goals down to hold JEF United Ichihara to a 2-2 draw in the J. League first division Sunday, a result that all but ended both teams chances of winning the second-stage title.

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Naohiro Ishikawa of FC Tokyo takes a fall after competing for the ball with Sanfrecce's Beto on Sunday at Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium. The teams drew 1-1.

The draw left both second-placed Gamba and third-placed Ichihara on 21 points with four matches left to play, seven adrift of table-topping Urawa Reds, who took another huge step toward their first title by beating Cerezo Osaka 2-0 Saturday.

In the day's other fixture, Sanfrecce Hiroshima against FC Tokyo finished 1-1.

The winner of the second stage will meet first-stage winner Yokohama F. Marinos in the two-leg championship final in December.

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