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Chugoku League
The white flag has effectively been raised by all other participants in the Chugoku League and 2006 champions Fagiano Okayama already have one hand on the crown for this year as well. In front of another crowd in excess of 2000 - for the club are arguably the best-supported Regional League outfit in Japan - Fagiano were 5-0 up at half-time in their crucial clash with nearest challengers FC Central Chugoku. The game finished 7-2, with FC Central in fact scoring the first goals conceded by the champions-elect during this season, but the gap between the two now stands at nine points.

Moving up into third place are Renofa Yamaguchi, who trailed 1-0 at the interval but came back to beat Sagawa Kyubin Chugoku 3-1. It is possible to view this scoreline as a shift in power away from the corporate teams in Chugoku, given that J-League-focused community-based sides now occupy the top three positions in the table. Like Sagawa, Hiroshima Fujita SC are on a downward slope and dropped into the bottom two following their 1-1 draw with JFE Steel Western Japan. Mazda SC, promoted from the Hiroshima Prefectural League at the end of 2006, pulled off a useful 3-1 win at Hitachi Manufacturing Kasado to jump up towards mid-table.

20 MAy 07 - Meet and greet at Fagiano Okayama

Meet and greet at Fagiano Okayama

Sun 20 May: Fagiano Okayama 7-2 FC Central Chugoku
Sun 20 May: Hiroshima Fujita SC 1-1 JFE Steel Western Japan
Sun 20 May: Hitachi Manufacturing Kasado 1-3 Mazda SC
Sun 20 May: Sagawa Kyubin Chugoku 1-3 Renofa Yamaguchi

1. Fagiano Okayama 21 (+30)
2. FC Central Chugoku 12 (+4)
3. Renofa Yamaguchi 11 (-2)
4. Sagawa Kyubin Chugoku 9 (+9)
5. Mazda SC 7 (-8)
6. JFE Steel Western Japan 7 (-11)
7. Hiroshima Fujita SC 5 (-5)
8. Hitachi Manufacturing Kasado 3 (-17)
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