Asians Abroad: Schwarzer makes big save, while Honda finds the post

The 40-year-old demonstrated superb agility as he made a crucial penalty save; other Australian goalkeepers also prospered, while Japanese players had mixed results

Yuto Nagatomo had a poor outing for Inter, making several defensive mis-cues in their 3-2 loss at Atalanta. The Samurai Blue regular started the match at left back, but switched to the right side midway through the second half. His low point came at the hour mark, when he failed to prevent the cross that would eventually give the home team the 2-1 lead.

"He continued to attack well, but at left back defense was his weakness today," said La Republica.

Makoto Hasebe got the upper hand of his Japan team-mate as his Wolfsburg side defeated Hajime Hosogai's Leverkusen by a 3-1 score. Hasebe played until the 89th minute as a right midfielder, while Hosogai started at left back and was substituted at half-time.

Gotoku Sakai, who was called up for Japan's Wednesday show-down at Oman following the injury of Atsuto Uchida, showed good form despite Stuttgart's 2-4 loss to Hannover. The former Albirex Niigata man was effective in his team's penalty area, dispossessing his opponents multiple times.

Though he ended the match without a goal, Keisuke Honda contributed well on both sides of the ball in CSKA Moscow's 3-1 win at Kuban on November 10. His free kick in the 69th minute slide under the wall but regrettably hit the right post. One local newspaper called Honda "indispensable," going on to say that “this is the best [Honda] has played since joining CSKA three years ago."

In the Premier League, Maya Yoshida had a frustrating outing in Southampton's 1-1 draw against Swansea. The 24-year-old set up his team's goal in the 65th minute before missing a trap just  minutes letter and allowing the visitors to steal the ball and equalize.

Robert Cullen scored his first Eredivisie goal of the season in VVV Venlo's 4-1 win against Willem II. Cullen, who started the match as the team's lone striker, scored their second goal in the 47th minute to pad their lead and was selected as the Man of the Match. The win propelled VVV to 16th place with nine points from 12 matches.


Mark Schwarzer sealed a point for Fulham against Arsenal as he saved a penalty in injury time in the 3-3 draw at the Emirates. Schwarzer parried away Mikel Arteta's last-gasp shoot to avoid the defeat for the Cottagers, who now sit in ninth place of the English Premier League table with 16 points. The veteran goalkeeper was praised by team-mate Chris Baird, who was astonished by the Australian's agility despite the age.

“I would love to be able to jump like that when I’m 40 - I am struggling now!” Baird said.

“He looks after himself and it shows from his performances. He has been fantastic for the club and hopefully he can keep this form going.

“The fans, the players, expected it to be 4-3. It was an unbelievable save from Schwarzy. Credit to him.”

Brad Jones put in a full shift for Liverpool in their 1-1 draw away against Chelsea. The Socceroo, who also featured for the Reds in the Europa League's 1-0 loss on Thursday at Anzhi Makhachkala, was solid throughout the game and produced a fine save to deny a Fernando Torres' header in the second-half.

Adam Federici returned between the sticks for Reading and kept a clean sheet in a goalless draw with Norwich at the Madejski Stadium. The 26-year-old, who replaced the injured Alex McCarthy, wasn't particulary threatened during the match but will be happy for not having conceded in his first league game in almost three months.

Robbie Kruse scored the first goal of his Bundesliga career as Fortuna Dusseldorf drew 1-1 at home against fellow strugglers Hoffenheim. The former Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory star opened the scoring just after four minutes from the start with a close-range header from free-kick, before Joselu levelled for the visitors on 39 minutes.

Shane Lowry played 90 minutes and assisted Millwall's first goal in their 2-1 success over Derby County. Lowry's low cross found Liam Feeney, who fired past Derby 'keeper Legzdins in the 33th minute with a first-time shot.


Lee Chung-Yong found the back of the net for Bolton on Saturday as the Wanderers played out a 2-2 draw with Blackpool in the Football League Championship. After coming off the bench on 58 minutes, the 24-year-old right winger scored the provisional 2-1 thirteen minutes later capitalizing on a Chris Eagles cross, before Nathan Delfouneso equalized for the Tangerines in the 81st minute.