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Jakarta Post

Soccer Corner: Honda eyes Tokyo Olympics after Japan homecoming

  • Jason Dasey

Singapore   /   Sat, March 16 2019   /  01:49 am

In the end, Keisuke Honda’s first club game in his native Japan in almost a dozen years ended in disappointment. But the former AC Milan forward can hold his head high after scoring on his return home and paying his respects to his nation in a touching tribute.Honda now plays for Australian club, Melbourne Victory, which was in AFC Champions League (ACL) action away to Sanfrecce Hirsohima on Tuesday. The 32-year-old provided a 71st-minute equalizer with a sizzling strike, before the J.League club secured a 2-1 victory through Daiki Watari’s goal four minutes from time.The result leaves Melbourne Victory with no points from their opening two matches in ACL Group F.“Sanfrecce played very well and applied pressure the whole 90 minutes,” Honda said. “We still have four [group] games left. We won’t give up.”Honda’s quick trip to Hiroshima was widely covered by the Japanese med...