Asians in Europe: Five Japanese players score goals in productive weekend

Japan's European contingent put on a surprisingly strong showing despite the absence of Shinji Kagawa, while other Asian players also contributed to their team's results

Hiroshi Kiyotake got Japan's European samurai off to a strong start this weekend, assisting two first-half goals for Nurnberg before scoring his own, the game-winner in a 3-2 result at Borussia MG, in the 55th minute. The fantastic performance has led some to dub the former Cerezo man 'Nurnberg's Shinji Kagawa'.

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, Takashi Inui scored the opening goal in Eintracht Frankfurt's 3-2 win at Hamburger SV, while Takashi Usami scored his first Bundesliga goal in vain as Hoffenheim fell 5-3 at Freiburg.

In the Russian Premier League, Keisuke Honda created some scoring magic of his own, converting a double in CSKA Moscow's 2-0 win over Alaniya. The brace came just five days after his scoreless international performance, after which he stated that "goals are like ketchup; sometimes they just don't come, but when they do they pour out."

In the Eredivisie, Mike Havenaar broke a scoreless deadlock in the 62nd minute as his Vitesse went on to beat hosts Groningen 3-0.


In the Premier League, Mark Schwarzer put in a full shift and kept a clean sheet with some fine saves in Fulham's 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion. Fulham now sits in 8th place of the Premier League table with two wins and two losses in four matches.

Tommy Oar started his first Eredivisie match of the season and took this opportunity with both hands, as the 20-year-old assisted Dave Bulthuis in the 71st minute in Utrecht's 1-0 win over PSV Eindhoven. Oar's pinpoint cross from a free kick in the right flank found his team-mate who scored the winning goal for his side.

Elsewhere in Holland, Jason Davidson played 90 minutes at the back as Heracles grab their first three points of the season, after defeating 2-1 NAC Breda at Polman Stadium. The young Socceroo was involved in his team's first goal as his left-footed cross was touched on by Everton da Silva and then fired past NAC's goalkeeper Jelle ten Rouwelaar by striker Willie Overtoom.


Son Heung-Min opened his account in the 2012-13 Bundesliga season but was unable to prevent Hamburg from their third defeat in a row as they crashed to a 3-2 defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt. Son pulled one back for his side in the 63rd minute when he found the net after dribbling around Eintracht's keeper Kevin Trapp, but Thorsten Fink's men couldn't get the equalizer and they still remain pointless after three games.