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VIDEO: Chicharito’s handball incident goes to VAR

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Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is a lucky man.

With Mexico only needing a draw from their final Group F game against Sweden to advance to the Round of 16, El Tri were under severe pressure early on as Sweden, needing a win to advance, threw everything at them.

Towards half time Sweden felt aggrieved as Chicharito looked to have clearly handled the ball in the box.

Referee Nestor Pitana waved away the initial calls but then checked out the incident moments later as VAR was used.

Pitana didn’t overrule the decision and you have to feel like Chicharito, and Mexico, got away with one.

Take a look at the incident below for yourself to see if Sweden should’ve been handed (no pun intended) a penalty kick.

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Lozano, Vela keep Mexico rolling

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Mexico is nearly onto the knockout rounds with plenty of time to spare.

Carlos Vela converted a PK and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez also scored in a 2-1 win over South Korea on Saturday in Rostov-on-Don.

Heung-Min Son buried a shot in stoppage time for South Korea’s goal.

El Tri got another decent performance from Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, who also scored Mexico’s goal in a 1-0 win over Germany.

A Swedish win or draw against Germany at 2 p.m. ET moves Mexico onto the knockout rounds.

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A handball allowed Vela his chance from the spot, and Mexico had its lead after 26 minutes.

Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa made several decent stops for Mexico in the win, though South Korea were admittedly wasteful in the final third.

Lozano then cued up Mexico’s insurance goal from Chicharito, who danced around a defender before bounding a ball home.

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Son scored a beautiful goal in the third minute of stoppage time to put South Korea on the board.

Lozano, Mexico top Germany in thrilling Group F opener

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El Tri’s form wasn’t impressive heading into the World Cup, but they erased a lot of doubt on Sunday.

Mexico knocked off Germany, 1-0, in their Group F opener at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, after Hirving Lozano’s first-half strike.

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Lozano scored his first World Cup goal in the first half, after Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez picked out a great pass to put Mexico in front following a counterattack.

Both goalkeepers were tested early and often on the day, with Mexico particularly coming out to a flying start against the reigning World Cup champions.

The finish came just two minutes prior to Toni Kroos’ brilliant free kick, which was kept out by an equally-incredible save by El Tri goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

As Mexico began to sit back further in the second stanza, the Germans took control of the game, however, the European side struggled in the final third.

Joshua Kimmich was among the threats for the Germans, after nearly scoring an acrobatic bicycle kick off of a low cross from Jerome Boateng.

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Meanwhile, Rafael Marquez entered the match late for Mexico, making him the third player in World Cup history to appear in five tournaments.

El Tri will take on South Korea on June 23 in their second Group F matchup, while Germany meets Sweden that same day.

Hernandez reveals details on infamous Mexico party

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Javier Hernandez has had his say on Mexico’s national team being lambasted by sections of their national media following the players throwing a now infamous party for his birthday.

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The all-time leading goalscorer for El Tri partied along with his teammates long into the night after their friendly win against Scotland in Mexico City on June 2.

Ahead of the 2018 World Cup, nine players were photographed by paparazzi with rumors suggesting many other Mexico national team players were present. Despite that fact, the Mexican soccer federation (FMF) has said it will not discipline players as no team rules were broken.

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West Ham United’s striker spoke in a Facebook Live chat on Sunday to address some of the reports which had been surfacing surrounding the squad get-together, as El Tri’s stars had been accused of hiring escorts to come along to the party amid other plenty of other claims.

“It’s a topic that I’ve wanted to opine and to talk about,” Hernandez said. “There are a lot of things that are tiring. The truth is that it was a gathering to celebrate my [30th] birthday. They gave us the night off and the [following] day off and we left [for Copenhagen] the next day and that’s what we did. They organized [the party] for me and I invited all the players to come.”

“They all came apart from Jesus Corona, the goalkeeper, because he had a personal issue and he apologized to me and all the squad. We ate together and then afterwards a lot of people arrived and every player left at the time they wanted to. Another thing that makes me embarrassed and laugh and that I have to talk about now it comes to mind is that there were never escorts or anything similar… that shows a lack of respect for the people that were there.”

Despite Hernandez denying several of the claims, the fact that star midfielder Hector Herrera had to leave Mexico’s camp in Denmark to attend to “personal matters” has already led to plenty of speculation.

The fallout from this will continue as Mexico’s players have been criticized for having a late-night party just a handful of days before the World Cup in Russia.

Chicharito ready to leave West Ham this summer

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Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez seems to be keen on leaving West Ham United this summer.

Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer, 29, jumped off the bench to score the equalizer at Chelsea on Sunday as the Hammers grabbed a vital point as they continue to climb clear of the relegation zone.

However, Hernandez spoke after the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge and it seems like he would prefer to be elsewhere next season.

“I am looking to play 90 minutes every game. I want to give a headache to the manager like he has all over the squad. Some players are injured and coming back. We all want to play more than 20 minutes. Everybody wants to give everything to be in the team,” Hernandez said. “I say thank you to the fans. Since my first day here, they have supported me well. They shout my name and sing my songs. It was a good weekend for us because they were singing my name, then I scored and I could celebrate with them. It was a very good point. We are all very happy.”

Earlier this season the predatory striker said something similar as injuries and Moyes’ arrival impacted his minutes significantly.

That said, Hernandez has scored eight goals in the Premier League this season and has four in limited minutes since Moyes took charge in November. The El Tri star started his first 11 games at West Ham and scored four times and since then he has started just five times in his last 14 appearances, also scoring four times in that stretch with two off the bench.

Hernandez has played in 1,455 minutes this season and has four goals in his last seven games.

Whatever way you slice it up, Marko Arnautovic is the main striker at West Ham and Moyes prefers to play with just one central striker. The fact that Moyes benched Hernandez often when he was in charge of Man United in the past is irrelevant as the attacking talent at his disposal back then was far superior to his options at West Ham.

Should Hernandez play more at West Ham? Probably. Will he? Probably not.

Hernandez needs to find a team where he will be the main central striker or one of two up front and play regularly. He left Bayer Leverkusen to come back to the PL and it will be intriguing to see where he wants to go in the summer after the World Cup with Mexico. It seems like plenty of Premier League clubs will want to snap him up and despite limited minutes at West Ham this season his stock hasn’t dropped.