Javier Hernandez was the hero as Mexico drew 2-2 with Nigeria in Houston, Texas.
This weekend is international friendly weekend and while we get set to watch England face Brazil in the Maracana on Sunday evening other nations have also been in action; meaning a chance to see some of our Premier League stars in full flow.
One player who must crave these fixtures is Manchester United striker Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez.
While he may be more of a bit-part player at Old Trafford there is little doubting he is the leading light for the Mexican national team.
He proved that once again with his double against Nigeria saving 10-man Mexico from a defeat in Houston, Texas.
Playing against a Super Eagle side containing Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo and Celtic star Efe Ambrose Mexico got off to a great start.
After just 21 minutes former West Ham United winger Pablo Barrera delivered a cross that Hernandez swept past the helpless Hapoel Be’er Sheva keeper Austin Ejide.
But things soon went awry for El Tricolor as Barrera’s jubilation at a successful assist soon turned to despair.
He was given his marching orders by American referee Baldomero Toledo just five minutes later after being adjudged (quite harshly) to have stopped a goal-bound ball with his hand.
He was sent off and Dynamo Kiev striker Brown Ideye duly put away the penalty.
When Mexico captain Gerardo Torrado then put the ball into his own net before half-time it looked as though the vastly Mexican 62,000 fans packed into the Reliant Stadium would be going home unhappy.
Before ‘Chicharito’ saved the day.
He bravely stuck his foot in with Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama in the 70th minute to tuck away a cross from former Fulham full-back Carlos Salcido at the near-post.
In the end that was how the scores finished but with Hernandez linked with a potential move away from United this week he provided a timely reminder of his goalscoring talent in the early hours of the morning our time.
Here are the goals from ‘Chicharito’…
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