Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Mexico’s third most prolific international goalscorer of all time, has been left out of the starting line-up for today’s World Cup opener against Cameroon at the Dunas arena.
Hernandez had a disappointing season for Manchester United and coach Miguel Herrera has, as expected, preferred the partnership of Oribe Peralta and Giovani dos Santos to start up front in the Group A match.
“The competition is very tough,” Herrera told a news conference at the stadium yesterday.
“The team that started against Portugal made me very happy on the offensive. There was good chemistry between Dos Santos and Oribe.”
Mexico lost 1-0 to Portugal in a World Cup warm-up in Foxborough, Massachusetts last week.
Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa played the second half as a substitute and did enough to earn the starting spot ahead of Jose Corona, who had started the match against the Portuguese.