Honda: Moscow milestone is just the beginning

TOKYO - CSKA Moscow match-winner Keisuke Honda has brushed off the milestone of becoming the first Japanese player to reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, instead choosing to set much loftier goals.

The Japan midfielder's long-range free kick deceived Sevilla goalkeeper Adres Palop to secure Moscow's 2-1 victory in Spain on Tuesday, earning the Russian side a 3-2 aggregate win and a passage into the last eight.

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"I'm not interested in being Japan's first anything or whatever," Honda told Wednesday's Nikkan Sports after being informed of the milestone. "I've set my goals much higher than that."

Honda was delighted with the goal that gave the Muscovites their first Champions League quarter-final place in 17 years.

"I put it right in the corner where I was aiming," he said. "The fact the goalkeeper got a hand on it made it sweeter. It's not over because we beat Sevilla. We can still go further."

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