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

Juarez corner.

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.”