Tearful Real Madrid hero Chicharito: This goal is for everyone who trusted me

Close for Javier Hernandez for Mexico

Mexican striker Javier Hernandez made himself a Real Madrid hero, firing them through to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

"Tears of freedom. Chicharito." - The message via the Twitter account of Spanish broadcaster, Canal Plus, after the Mexican striker had struck possibly one of the most important goals of his career, then had to go off injured in stoppage time.

That 88th minute goal against Atletico Madrid, worth its weight in gold and sending Real Madrid through to the Champions League semi-finals.

Chicharito had three good chances go begging during the game, but when he stroked home his fourth opportunity, it almost seemed like fate, given all the expectations weighted on his shoulders, ahead of such a massive encounter.

Understandably, the first man Canal Plus wanted to speak to after the final whistle, was the hero of the day himself - Chicharito.

"This is for everyone. I got to score, but this goal belongs to everyone. The people trusted me, my friends, my family... this goal is for all of them." He explained, still with tears in his eyes.

Asked if this is the most important goal of his footballing career, Chicharito responded: "Yes, of course it's the most important, because the present is what matters. I've scored important goals in my career, but what matters is the here and now. This gives confidence. It was a great assist from Cristiano and we got to win."

As for whether there was any surprise at having started the game, the Mexican explained: "The boss told me a few days ago I was going to play, that I should keep doing what I've been doing, and that I should be prepared."

Simeone's side certainly weren't easy opponents to beat over two legs, as Chicharito acknowledged: "Atletico were a very worthy rival." But convinced his side deserve their place in the semi-finals, he added: "Thanks to God, we were fair winners."

Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus, the possible opponents Real Madrid must face, in the battle for a place in the final, but as far as Chicharito is concerned: "To win the Champions league, we have to beat all the best teams."

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