Postecoglo­u chas­ing history in Ja­pan

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT -

ANGE Postecoglo­u is just 90 min­utes from what’s be­ing hailed as the greatest achieve­ment by an Aus­tralian soc­cer coach, with his Yoko­hama F. Mari­nos poised to clinch the J-League ti­tle to­day.

Yoko­hama hosts sec­ond­placed FC Tokyo in a block­buster fi­nal-round clash and only an un­likely home de­feat of four goals or more will pre­vent the 54-year-old from be­com­ing the first Aus­tralian coach to win a ma­jor do­mes­tic club tro­phy over­seas.

It comes two years af­ter he walked away from coach­ing the Soc­ceroos af­ter qual­i­fy­ing for the 2018 World Cup and in just his se­cond season with the Ja­panese club.

Yoko­hama thrashed fourth­placed hosts Kawasaki Frontale 4-1 yes­ter­day in the penul­ti­mate round to sit three points clear at the top of the table af­ter FC Tokyo could only draw 1-1 at home with 13th-placed Urawa Red Di­a­monds. “Ir­re­spec­tive of the FC Tokyo re­sult, we wanted to play well to­day,” Postecoglo­u said.

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