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."
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.