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.”
“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.”