Honda gets his 'ketchup' out of the bottle with two-goal effort in CSKA win

The Samurai Blue star dazzled for his Russian club on Sunday, scoring two goals just five days after a frustrating scoreless effort over the international break
Keisuke Honda satisfied his taste for scoring on Sunday on the way to leading CSKA Moscow in a 2-0 victory over Alaniya.

The 26-year-old scored his second-half brace in style, converting two Ahmed Musa assists inside the penalty area.

The double came just days after the player, known as much for his stylish appearance as he is for his flashy play, gave an unusual explanation for his goal drought for the Japan national team.

"Goals are like ketchup," Honda explained following the Samurai Blue's 1-0 win against Iraq on Tuesday at home, "When they don't come, they don't come, but when they do come they pour out.

"It's easy to become pessimistic, but I'm confident I'll score next time."

Five days later, the bleach-blonde attacker nearly walked through the mixed zone without speaking a word before turning to the assembled press corps: "The ketchup came out!"

Perhaps the comparison itself was enough to inspire Honda to produce his first domestic brace since may, as it originated from a player whose career path he would very much like to recreate: retired footballer Ruud van Nistelrooy.

The former Dutch international is said to have originated the ketchup metaphor when he advised then-Real Madrid team-mate Gonzalo Higuain as the youngster was suffering from a goal drought in the 2009-2010 Liga season.

CSKA sit in second place with 18 points from eight matches following the result, with leaders Terek Grozny ahead by a single point.