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Football: Hernandez double gives Mexico victory over Japan

Published on Jun 23, 2013 6:16 AM
 
Mexico's Javier Hernandez celebrates after scoring a goal against Japan during their Confederations Cup Group A soccer match at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte on June 22, 2013. Hernandez scored twice but missed a last-minute penalty as Mexico defeated Japan 2-1 on Saturday to leave the Asian side winless at the Confederations Cup. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AFP) - Manchester United star Javier Hernandez scored twice but missed a last-minute penalty as Mexico defeated Japan 2-1 on Saturday to leave the Asian side winless at the Confederations Cup.

Hernandez took his tally for the tournament to three as Mexico registered their first victory.

The win, however, came in a 'dead' game after Brazil and Italy had already made sure of their places in the semi-finals as Group A qualifiers.

Hernandez, who had scored his team's only goal of the competition in the 2-1 loss to Italy, opened the scoring in the 54th minute.

 
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