• Get to know... Hernandez

    An introduction to 21-year-old striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez... Where's he from? Hernandez currently plies his trade with Chivas de Guadalajara in Mexico's Primera Division. Chivas are the most successful team in Mexican history with 11 titles. Having been at the club since the age of nine, Javier scored within five minutes of making his first-team debut, in a 4-0 win over Necaxa in 2006, and helped his side win the title that season.

  • Chicha dreams of a double

    Chicharito admits his first season in England is panning out beyond his wildest dreams, after becoming a Premier League champion ahead of a Champions League final meeting with Barcelona.

  • Review 2010/2011: October

    Player of the month: Javier Hernandez - Four goals, including a stunning back-header Stat of the month: The draw against West Bromwich Albion was the only occasion all season that United dropped points in the league at Old Trafford. The Reds won 18 of 19 home league games.

  • Javier Hernandez Girl Friend's (Lety Sahagun)

    Lety is short for Leticia. She was born in Guadalajara, Mexico to Lety Acevedo de Sahagun and Jaime Sahagun. She has three siblings Rodrigo, Jaime and Renata Sahagun. She studied at the Centro Escolar Los Altos in Zapopan, Guadalajara the school is known for its Opus Dei beliefs. After she graduated from high school she went to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon where she is studying Relaciones Internacionales which in English will be International Relations also known as International Studies at Monterrey Tec. You can check her pictures here.

  • Fans honour Hernandez

    Javier Hernandez has capped a phenomenal debut season for United by scooping the prestigious Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year Award. The accolade is voted for by fans across the world on the club’s official websites and honours United’s best player in the 2010/11 campaign.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Benfica 1 United 1 (review of Man.utd Match when Chicharito Playing)

United’s young generation may have caught the eye so far this season, but it was the team’s elder statesman Ryan Giggs who stepped up to the plate in the Champions League opener against Benfica, earning the Reds a hard-fought point in a hugely entertaining contest at the Estadio da Luz.

Oscar Cardozo had put the impressive Portuguese side ahead with a fine turn and finish on 24 minutes, but Giggs’ run and glorious strike just before the break ensured it finished honours even in Lisbon.

It was all change when the team-sheets came through as Sir Alex recalled a host of familiar faces, many of whom were in need of some minutes on the pitch. David De Gea was afforded a rest as Anders Lindegaard came in between the posts for his first Champions League appearance in the red shirt, while Fabio joined Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Patrice Evra in the back four. There was a new look to United’s attack with Ji-sung Park, Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher and Antonio Valencia all making their first starts of the season. Michael Carrick joined the quartet in midfield with Wayne Rooney occupying the lone role up front, as he has so often done away in Europe.

Many believed this would be United’s toughest game of Group C and the opening half an hour did little to dispel that theory as Jorge Jesus’ side, backed by an incredibly vocal support, went for the jugular.

Javier Hernandez Chicharito And Wayne Rooney
While Javi Garcia, Ruben Amorim and Axel Witsel were pulling the strings in midfield and driving Benfica forward at every opportunity, it was Nicolas Gaitan, playing down the left, as part of a three-pronged attack, who really caught the eye for the home side. He went close to testing Lindegaard with a thundering effort on 17 minutes which flew wide, before Cardozo stung the palms of the Danish goalkeeper with a well-struck shot from the edge of the area.

Cardozo was not to be denied on 24 minutes, however, as Benfica deservedly took the lead. The lively Gaitan played his part with a sublime pass over the top to the big striker who pulled the ball down brilliantly before turning and lashing it home into the far corner.

Benfica weren’t about to let up on their attacking play and continued to keep United’s back four on their toes for much of the rest of the half. There was no sign of panic from the Reds though who have mastered the art of picking up positive results away from home in the Champions League and three minutes from the break parity was restored… and how. Good work by Valencia down the right allowed Giggs to scamper towards goal before letting fly with a stunning 20-yard effort into the top corner. It was the veteran’s 29th European Cup goal.

United began the second period as Benfica had started the first and both Rooney and Giggs were unlucky not to get on the end of Valencia’s fizzing centre across the face of goal three minutes after the restart.

The Reds temporarily took control thereafter as they went in search of a second, but Benfica still posed a threat. Pablo Aimar chanced his luck from 25 yards, while the impressive Lindegaard was called into making a fantastic save low to his left from substitute Nolito after a sweeping move involving the ever-lively Gaitan, now on the right wing, not long after the hour-mark.

Just before that, at the other end, Fletcher had seen his ricocheted effort drop kindly into the arms of Artur, while Giggs would have netted another brilliant solo effort but for Artur deflecting his low drive from inside the box away for a corner.

Nani and Chicharito entered the fray on 69 minutes but it did little to break Benfica’s momentum. The home side were piling forward at every opportunity and the Reds had Lindegaard to thank soon after for another excellent save from Gaitan whose curling effort was heading for the top corner.

javier Hernandez Chicharito

Nolito had the chance to win it for Benfica two minutes from time after bursting into the area but he slid his effort just wide. A point was a fair result in the end with a home game with Basel next in Europe for the Reds at Old Trafford.

Related Post :


Post a Comment