With not long to go before Japan take on Brazil in Singapore, FourFourTwo takes a look at how some of their major players are doing around the globe...
Keisuke Honda continued his fine start to the season by blasting in a trademark free-kick in AC Milan’s 2-0 victory over Chievo Verona on Saturday. The Japanese star missed a couple of good chances but made up for it 12 minutes from time, cracking a sublime dipping effort from 30 yards into the corner for his fourth goal in six games.
— AC Milan (@acmilan) October 4, 2014
Another man in the mood for goals was Neymar, who found the back of the net for a third consecutive game in Barcelona’s 2-0 away victory at Rayo Vallecano. Munir El Haddadi held off two men before slipping in the onrushing Brazilian, who produced a clinical low finish. It was a finish of a man in form, and Neymar’s seventh in six league games. He had also scored in the midweek 3-2 loss to Paris Saint-Germain.
Munir put Neymar through for his clinically taken goal and Rayo are looking groggy now! #fcblive
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 4, 2014
David Luiz was the other Brazilian to net in that game, coming up with a neat opening goal for his first strike in PSG colours. Unfortunately, Luiz could not prevent the French giants from falling to a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw with AS Monaco over the weekend.
Over in Germany, Hajime Hosogai tasted victory at the expense of counterpart Gotuku Sakai, as Hertha Berlin edged Stuttgart in a 3-2 thriller. Shinji Kagawa provided a wonderful assist for Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, picking out Ciro Immobile with a neat chip that the Italian slotted home in a 3-0 win over Anderlecht. Dortmund succumbed to a 1-0 home loss against Hamburg at the weekend, but Kagawa was probably their brightest spark.
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) October 1, 2014
Lastly, it was quite a week for Robinho, who is currently on loan at Santos from Milan. He struck two well-taken low strikes in midweek to help his team edge Botafogo 3-2 in the first leg of their Copa do Brasil quarter-final, before getting booked twice within five minutes to earn himself an early shower. There was no stopping him though: the 30-year-old popped up with the match-winner over the weekend as they beat Flamengo 1-0 in the league, registering his seventh goal in 12 games.
Check it out at 1:34 into the video.
Japan and Brazil face off at the Singapore Sports Hub on October 14, 2014. Tickets can still be purchased at www.sportshubtix.sg.