Honda hunting for goals
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Japan star Keisuke Honda has vowed not to be upstaged by his team-mates in the goalscoring charts at the AFC Asian Cup as his country seek to win a record fourth title.

"I've seen people around me starting to score goals and hopefully there will be my turn," said the CSKA Moscow midfielder ahead of the Blue Samurai's semi-final clash with old rivals Korea Republic tomorrow. "I believe it will come at some point in the remaining two matches."

I've seen people around me starting to score goals and hopefully there will be my turn.
Keisuke Honda, Japan midfielder

Japan out-played hosts Qatar 3-2 in the quarter-finals, with Borussia Dortmund sensation Shinji Kagawa bagging a brace and defender Masahiko Inoha hitting the winner in the dying minutes.

While in the 5-0 rout of Saudi Arabia in their final group match, when Honda was sidelined with injury, Shinji Okazaki hit a hat-trick and fellow J-League forward Ryoichi Maeda struck twice.

Honda, who scored two goals in the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ last summer to help Japan reach the knockout stage, has found the back of the net just once in Doha - a decisive penalty in their 2-1 win over Syria in another group match. It marked Japan's 1,000th international goal since their first match in 1923.