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16/06/2013 21:55, Report by Nick Coppack

Chicha nets for Mexico

Javier Hernandez netted from the penalty spot in Mexico's Confederations Cup opener against Italy on Sunday to notch his 33rd goal for El Tricolor in just 51 matches.

Hernandez made no mistake from 12 yards after Andrea Barzagli brought down Giovani Dos Santos 10 minutes before the break, leaving referee Enrique Osses no option but to point to the spot.

Chicharito stepped up and calmly sent Gianluigi Buffon the wrong way to cancel out Andrea Pirlo's early free-kick.

The goal looked like it would earn Mexico a draw until former Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli popped up to net the winner with 12 minutes to play.

Hernandez's Mexico face hosts Brazil next on Wednesday 19 June (20:00 BST).

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