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Ange Postecoglou's Yokohama F. Marinos score eight goals in stunning J-League win

10:55 PM GMT 18/07/2018
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The former Socceroos coach has his Japanese side progressing nicely

Ange Postecoglou's Yokohama F. Marinos have caught alight in the J-League, recording an extraordinary 8-2 win over Vegalta Sendai on Wednesday night.

Yokohama were up 7-0 before Vegalta managed to find the back of the net - with striker Sho Ito scoring hat-trick before his withdrawal in the 60th minute.

After the victory, which was achieved without Australian World Cup representative Milos Degenek, Yokohama moved to 10th on the J-League standings with 20 points - still two places behind Vegalta.

The performance completes a stunning season turnaround for Yokohama and Postecoglou, who after languishing in the J-League relegation zone for most of the campaign, have now scored the most goals (31) in the league and are rising up the table.

They have won five of their last six games in all competitions, scoring an unbelievable 24 goals in those matches, and are now only 10 points out of the Asian Champions League qualification positions with 18 games to play.

The slow turnaround in Yokohama's fortunes - from strugglers to free scorers - mirrors the impact former Socceroos manager Postecoglou had on Brisbane Roar when he took over in 2009.

Postecoglou qualified the Australian national team for the World Cup in November last year before resigning to take up his current role in Japan.

Yokohama will hope to continue their charge up the table with a trip to second-placed FC Tokyo on Sunday.