Honda seals Milan victory while Neymar and Robinho score for fun

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.

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.

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.

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