Hernandez hat trick lifts Mexico over El Salvador
Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez scored a second-half
hat trick to lead Mexico to a 5-0 rout of El Salvador on Sunday in
the opening match for both teams in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Mexico was already 2-0 up when Hernandez scored his first goal
in the 60th minute with a long-range bouncing header of an Efrain
He added his second seven minutes later, scoring from 10 yards,
and completed his hat trick with a penalty in stoppage time.
”He was fortunate to score as a result of good team play,”
Mexico coach Jose Manuel De La Torre said. ”He did what forwards
are supposed to do.”
Hernandez’s final goal came after Marvin Gonzalez was red carded
for a reckless foul on ‘Chicharito’, drawing boos from the majority
of the 80,000 fans who were supporting Mexico.
”It’s unbelievable the support we have from the Mexicans we
have that live here. You can see it with your own eyes,” Hernandez
said, ”80,000 people and most of them in green shirts.”
Juarez scored the game’s first goal after he rebounded his own
missed shot, which was blocked by El Salvador goalkeeper Miguel
Montes. Aldo De Nigris made it 2-0 in the 57th minute just a minute
after coming on as a substitute.
”It was difficult to change in 5 minutes after a positive 55
minutes,” El Salvador coach Ruben Israel said. ”If you look at
the game, luck was not on our side.”