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‘Chicharito’ scores… against his new club !

Match Report – Chivas Guadalajara 3-2 United

Competition: International Friendly
Kick-Off & Date: 3:15am, Saturday 31st July
Estadio Omnilife (Away)

Attendance: 45,500

Javier Hernandez once again grabbed the headlines – but this time in unusual circumstances. ‘Chicharito’ was welcomed back to his boyhood club, on front of a massive crowd of 45,500 in the brand new Estadio Omnilife in Guadalajara.

The new-signing played the first 45 minutes for Chivas, and spent the first 20 minutes of the second half playing for United. Hernandez scored within just 9 minutes for his old club – Adolfo Bautista knocking the ball down to the 22-year-old, who struck a fantastic left-footed volley into the right bottom corner of the goals.

Just three minutes after the opener, new defender Chris Smalling headed a wonderful effort into the goal from a corner kick. A poorly defended free-kick then saw Adolfo Bautista knock the ball past Tomasz Kuszczak, with Hector Reynoso heading-in from close range on the hour mark. Luis Nani grabbed a consolation late-on, but United couldn’t equal their bright performance v the MLS All-Stars back on Wednesday night…
Hernandez and Bautista scored for Chivas in the 1st half

The new volcano-shaped stadia provided unparalleled entertainment before kick-off, during half time and after the final whistle, as Chivas emerged shock 3-2 winners.

Inside 9 minutes, Bautista layed-off Chicharito to put the home side ahead – with a mixed reaction from fans, knowing what they’ll miss out on every weekend. However, Chivas’ lead was cut-short moments later, as Darron Gibson’s in-swinging corner found the noggin’ of Smalling to level the scores.
Smalling equalises !

Despite Smalling’s goal, the Mexicans dominated possession for most of the half. Fabio Da Silva had a shot blocked by keeper Luis Michel, as Hernandez and Bautista had good efforts – none of which ended up in the net.

That was until Bautista got on the end of a Chivas free-kick. Xavier Baez swung the ball into the six-yard box before Bautista stayed onside to leave Kuszczak flat-footed. The stadium again erupted into a party atmosphere, with, of course, a Mexican wave !

Nani and Hernandez replaced Gibson and Dimitar Berbatov for the second half, as Sir Alex looked to gain control of the game. Kuszczak did well to save shots from Michel Vazquez and Hector Reynoso, before the killer third goal came for the home side. From a short corner, Reynoso – unmarked – was able to head past the 28-year-old stopper with ease.

Ritchie De Laet, Paul Scholes, Corry Evans, Mame Diouf and Hernandez left the field, with Rafa Da Silva, Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher, Kiko Macheda and Danny Welbeck taking their place with over an hour gone.
Chicharito played well for both sides…

Hernandez failed to connect with a glorious opportunity just before he was taken off. However, over 10 minutes from time the ball was taken from Tom Cleverley just outside the area, which landed with Nani – who struck a consolation goal for The Reds.

Chivas easily held-on to their lead in the closing stages, as a tired Manchester United side lost the last game of the 2010 Tour of America…



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