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Kevin Muscat’s Yokohama F.Marinos and Celtic played out an incredible 10-goal thriller, with the J1 League champions coming away victorious 6-4 at the Nissan Stadium.
Over 20,000 fans were in attendance to witness an in-season friendly for Muscat’s side, who welcomed a Celtic side in the midst of their pre-season campaign as Scottish champions continue to ramp up preparations for the upcoming Scottish Premier League season.
The match delivered in spades, with plenty of attacking prowess on show from both teams plus all the hallmarks of the kind of football now, Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou had previously engrained in the two sides prior to departing.
After initially taking the lead through Anderson Lopes, F.Marinos had to battle back from a 3-2 half-time deficit to come away with the win, scoring four unanswered goals after the break.
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Japanese striker Daizen Maeda enjoyed a happy homecoming and caused all sorts of havoc early in the game for Celtic, scoring a first-half hat-trick in 42 minutes, either side of Lopes’ opener and Kota Mizunuma’s strike.
However, Muscat’s side would bounce back in style through Lopes once more, before Yuki Saneto gave his side the lead moments later. Second-half substitute Ryo Miyaichi would put the result beyond doubt with a late double.
David Turnbull scored a late consolation for the visitors, who will now turn its attention to its next friendly against Gamba Osaka on Saturday.
Meanwhile, it’s back to winning ways for F.Marinos after being bundled out of the Emperor’s Cup against Mitch Duke’s Machida Zelvia and suffering a stoppage-time loss to Kawasaki Frontale in the league.
“We wanted to use these games tonight and Sunday to help ourselves, to focus on ourselves,” Muscat said.
“It was good for us to use the opportunity to play against someone from outside of Japan, so strikingly different in the way they set up, a different style.
“Brendan’s (Rodgers) teams are always set up to play a certain style of football. It was challenging for us tonight, but I think it was a good spectacle for everyone.”
F.Marinos will next face Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday, before switching their attention back to the league.
Silvera fires home first goal in new colours
Sammy Silvera has opened up his Middlesbrough account overnight, scoring his first goal in his new colours in their 2-0 win over Rotherham United in a pre-season friendly.
Silvera was handed a start by Boro coach Michael Carrick for their third friendly of the pre-season and rewarded his new gaffer’s faith by firing home the opener.
The former Central Coast Mariners star linked up brilliantly with Hayden Coulson, to score the opener inside the opening ten minutes. He went on to play the entirety of the first-half, before Carrick made wholesale changes at the break.
Fellow off-season arrival Tom Glover played the second-half and kept a clean sheet.