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17/10/2012 09:29, Report by Mark Froggatt

Chicha seals Mexico win

Javier Hernandez came off the bench to score an 86th minute winner as Mexico maintained their perfect run through CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, beating El Salvador 2-0.

The United striker rose off the bench on the hour mark, replacing Aldo de Nigris, to help cement a sixth consecutive victory with a fine right-footed finish at the near post.

Chicharito, as he’s affectionately known, had previously scored another late goal in Mexico’s 5-0 win over Guyana last week, taking his total to two in two for the international break. A huge confidence boost for the striker, though Hernandez insists he never doubted himself.

“I have never been obsessed with scoring goals, I always try to do my part for the team,” Chicha said prior to Tuesday's match. “I will always keep trying. Without all the failures, without all the defeats, without so many negative things that have happened in my life I would not be where I am today.

“We (Mexico) went to a charity event for disabled children recently and seeing all the people there... those are real problems. Mine are only work related, I have to enjoy it, I am playing for one of the best teams in the world, and I am with my national team. What else can I ask for?”

Elsewhere on international duty, Antonio Valencia played a full 90 minutes for Ecuador as they drew 1-1 with Venezuela at the Estadio José Antonio Anzoátegui in South America.

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