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Hernandez the hero again

 
 

Harnandaz1430110012The Mexico striker scored the winner in Wednesday`s Champions League quarter-final second leg victory over Atletico Madrid and scored twice on Sunday night in La Liga.

Javier Hernandez was Real Madrid`s hero for the second time in a week as his two goals helped Carlo Ancelotti`s side come from behind to beat Celta Vigo 4-2.

The Mexico striker netted the crucial winner in Real`s 1-0 defeat over Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Wednesday and was decisive again on Sunday night.

Former Barca winger Nolito opened the scoring for Celta with a fine individual effort early on, though any celebrations in the Catalan capital will have been short-lived as Toni Kroos quickly equalised.

Hernandez, again playing in place of the injured Karim Benzema, put the visitors ahead, but their risky high defensive line allowed Santi Mina to score his fifth goal in three games before the half-hour mark.

James Rodriguez`s deflected effort just before the break gave Real the lead once again, though the second half proved a serious assessment of their credentials, as the visiting defence withstood periods of intense pressure.

Nevertheless, Hernandez coolly stroked home the winner with 21 minutes to go, sparing Ancelotti`s blushes once again as Madrid avoided a repeat of last season`s crucial slip-up at Balaidos which ended their title hopes.

Agencies

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