Asians Abroad: Alex Brosque scores Al Ain double, while Honda leads CSKA attack

The Australian has flourished since arriving at his new club from Shimizu S-Pulse, following his Emirates Cup hat-trick with a double in his first Pro League start

Keisuke Honda spearheaded his side's attack as CSKA Moscow rolled to a 2-0 win over Rubin Kazan. The Russian Premier League match was Honda's return to domestic play after Japan's 4-0 loss to Brazil in Poland, a game in which Honda was clearly not at full fitness.

“[Honda] wasn't in the best situation after coming back from international duty.” manager Leonid Slutsky told reporters. “He didn't play as well as he was before the international break, but he's still a key player for our side.”

Takashi Inui (right) contributed to Frankfurt's second goal in their 3-1 win over Hannover, but after the match expressed frustration in failing to score.

“It's very regrettable that I wasn't able to create anything,” Shinji Kagawa's former team-mate told reporters. “If I don't score goals I might not start, so I have to play harder.”

Yuki Otsu made his first full appearance for VVV Venlo since joining the Eredivise side in their 3-2 loss to Feyenoord. Otsu set up Guus Joppen's 21st-minute goal with a clever one-two pass, but VVV conceded three straight goals to remain winless after nine matches played.

Eiji Kawashima had a frustrating weekend for Standard Liege as defensive mistakes led to two surrendered second-half goals in the club's 3-1 loss to Mons. The club's 4-1-6 record to start the season led to the resignation on Monday of manager Ron Jans.

Yusuke Tasaka made his first bench start for Bundesliga.2 side Bochum, joining the match in the 65th minute but failing to help turn around a 1-0 loss to Hertha Berlin.


Brad Jones (right) put in a full shift and kept a clean sheet in Liverpool's 1-0 win over Reading on Saturday. The Socceroo made a couple of fine saves in the second-half to ensure the three points for the Reds and was described as 'outstanding' by coach Brendan Rodgers after his solid display.

"I thought Brad was outstanding ... What he had to do he did very well,'' he said.

"When I came in during the summer he had been the number-three keeper but I've seen massive development and it's a great credit to him. What he is absolutely outstanding at is shot-stopping."

Mile Jedinak netted a magnificent long-range effort for Crystal Palace, but the Eagles squandered a two-goal lead in their 2-2 draw with Millwall in the South London derby. The Australia international broke the deadlock in the 35th minute with a 30-yard effort which fired past Millwall keeper David Forde, opening his goalscoring season account.

Elsewhere in the Netherlands, Tommy Oar and Adam Sarota were named in the Eredivisie Team of the Week after both provided assists in Utrecht's 2-1 away win against ADO Den Haag. Oar set up Alexander Gerndt on 21 minutes with an accurate right-footed pass, while Sarota's cross was tapped home by Jacob Mulenga to complete the come-from-behind win for the visitors.

 In the UAE Pro League Alex Brosque continued his magic start of his Al-Ain career as he scored a brace in their 5-1 thumping of Dibba Al-Fujairah. The former Sydney FC and Shimizu S-Pulse man netted the third and the fifth goal for his side after a spectacular performance which saw him shine up front alongside Ghana international Asamoah Gyan.

Richard Porta was again on the scoresheet as Dubai defeated Al-Wahda 2-1. The 29-year-old opened the scoring after just 2 minutes with an easy tap-in following a Simon Feindono's cross from the left for his fourth goal in as many games in the league.


In the Football League Championship, Lee Chung-Yong came on as an 80th minute substitute and was involved in Bolton's winning goal in their 3-2 victory over Bristol City. With just eight minutes remaining, the South Korea International's pass found Chris Eagles who then set up Martin Petrov for the decisive strike of the match.

Park Chu-Young was a 58th minute substitute as Celta Vigo crashed to a 2-0 defeat against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. The on-loan striker created the best chance for his side three minutes from time with a powerful header which was wonderfully saved by Iker Casillas.  Celta remain 13th in La Liga table with nine points from eight matches.