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24/06/2014 10:12, Report by Adam Marshall
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Chicha eyes Dutch clash

Javier Hernandez is looking forward to taking on Louis van Gaal and Robin van Persie's Netherlands in the knockout stages of the World Cup on Sunday.

The Mexico marksman came off the bench to help spark a superb 3-1 victory over Croatia in Group A and become United's sixth different scorer in the tournament with his 36th international strike.

Hernandez pounced from close range to end an international drought lasting a year and a day to prompt a major debate as to whether he should start against the Dutch. Despite an emotional celebration, Chicharito insists he did not feel under pressure to find the net.

"I feel like a weight has been lifted," he told FIFA.com afterwards. "But I just enjoy playing football, I love having fun on the field. I’ve had games where a lot of people said I played really well, even without having a single shot on goal.

"That’s one of the nice things about football, it’s not only about scoring goals. Of course they're important, but, when you’re a footballer, you also need to work with your team-mates and put them first.

"This whole year has been very tough. Players need confidence more than anything else, and I’ve been very short of it. Very few people have shown faith in me over this past year.

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