Javier Hernández has refined the role of a marksman in the English Premier League this season.
In Manchester United's road matches this season, Chicharito has placed but six shots on target. More important, five of them went in. No. 5 came on Saturday as he tallied the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Swansea in the English Premier League on Saturday. That allowed the Red Devils to keep pace with archrival Manchester City.
Hernández scored in the 11th minute after defender Angel Rangel gave up the ball to Ryan Giggs. It was United's third consecutive 1-0 victory.
Twice Hernández could have extended United’s lead after he was set up by scoring partner Wayne Rooney. The Mexican decided to square the ball instead of shoot just before halftime and could not control the ball inside the penalty area.
The Manchester Evening News gave the Mexican international striker a seven out of 10, saying that he "does what he does best when you give him ball in box."
Whether it was players scoring goals or failing to fill the net, Argentina players highlighted the weekend.
Argentine international Sergio Aguero converted a penalty kick for Manchester City in the 71st minute in a 3-1 home triumph over Newcastle as the winners extended their unbeaten streak to a dozen games. It was Aguero's 10th goal of the season. Another key striker from Argentina, Carlos Tevez, has not returned from an unauthorized trip back to his native country.
The Argentinean gave Liverpool a 1-0 advantage en route to a 2-1 victory over Chelsea. Rodríguez scored in the 34th minute. Charlie Adam stripped John Obi Mikel of the ball on the edge of the penalty area to set up an exchange of passes between Craig Bellamy and Uruguayan Luis Suarez before Rodríguez knocked the ball over a diving goalkepeer Petr Cech.
Ricardo Alvarez, Joaquin Larrivey
Alvarez free kick set up Inter's first goal in its 2-1 win over Cagliari. The Argentina player's dead ball was sent to Thiago Motta from Giampaolo Pazini in the 54th minute. Fellow Argentinean Larrivey cut the lead in half for Cagliari in the 88th minute.
Lopez, who hails from Argentina, Lopez returned from an ankle injury, but could not find the scoring touch to for Lyon after replacing Jimmy Briand in the 61st minute.
David Ospina, Renato Civelli
Ospina, a Colombian goalkeeper was red-carded in the 24th minute for taking down Pierre-Emerick Aubameyan in the penalty area. Florent Sinama-Pongolle converted the ensuing penalty kick. Civelli, an Argentine defender, was one of three players red-carded in Nice's 2-0 loss to Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1. Civelli was given his marching orders for a violent tackle on Sinama-Pongolle in the 85th minute. “It’s been a horrible, bleak game," Civelli told reporters. "This may be one of the worst matches of my life,” the Argentine defender told reporters."
José Paulo Guerrero
The Peruvian tallied against the run of play in the 25th minute of Hamburger SV's 2-0 win over Hoffenheim as the club moved out of the relegation zone. Guerrero took a shot that hit the right post and bounded right back to him and he slotted it home for a 1-0 lead. Guerrero could have had two more goals, but he had a shot saved in the second minute and blasted a shot over the crossbar from close range in first-half stoppage time.
Schalke 04 received some devastating news when it learned that the Peruvian forward will be sidelined until next year after he suffered a knee injury in a World Cup qualifier. Schalke said that Farfan, who has scored 22 goals in 102 Bundesliga appearances, had torn an anterior ligament in his knee and would have to rest for four weeks before starting two weeks of strengthening work. Farfan has scored 22 goals in 102 matches. He limped off the field in the second half of Peru's 2-0 loss to host Ecuador in Quito.
The Uruguayan helped set up PAOK's first goal in its 3-0 win over Panaitolikos. Garcia sent a corner kick to Vieirinha, who headed the ball toward the goalmouth in the fifth minute. Defender David Addy saved the ball with his hand. However, referee Giorgos Daskalopoulos first allowed play to continue. Panaitolikos went on acounterattack before an assistant referee signaled there was a penalty. Portugal's Vieirinha converted the ensuing kick even though he slipped before he kicked the ball.
The former Uruguayan striker struck twice as Querétaro stunned favored Guadalajara, 2-1, in the first leg of its Mexican quarterfinal. Bueno scored in the ninth and 70th minutes.
The Argentine scored the game-winner as the Melbourne Heart registered a 2-1 win over last-place Gold Coast, which suffered its third consecutive loss.
Michael Lewis, who has written about soccer for four decades, is the only journalist who has covered every MLS Cup. He can be reached at SoccerWriter516@aol.com or via Twitter at @soccerwriter.
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