Yokohama F. Marinos eased past title rivals FC Tokyo 3-0 on Saturday to clinch their first J-League trophy since 2004.
Yokohama, led by former Australia head coach Ange Postecoglou, dominated from the start and took a 2-0 lead into half-time courtesy of Thai defender Theerathon Bunmatan's deflected effort and Brazilian forward Erik's neat finish.
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 next Saturday.
Yokohama host second-placed 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.
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Former Barcelona and Spain striker David Villa has announced he will retire at the end of the year.
Vissel Kobe striker Villa will hang up his boots after the end of the J-League season in January, bringing an end to a glittering 19-year career.
After 19 years as a professional, I have decided to retire from playing football at the end of this season," Villa wrote on Twitter.
"Thank you to all the teams, coaches and teammates that have allowed me to enjoy this dreamed career.
Spain's World Cup-winning striker Fernando Torres ended a glittering 18-year career on Friday with his final match for J-League club Sagan Tosu.
After the game at a packed Ekimae Real Estate Stadium, Torres, who also played for his boyhood club Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea and AC Milan, received a video tribute from former Anfield teammate Steven Gerrard.