Mexico's Javier Hernandez (pictured) scored one goal in four Copa America Centenario games. (Photo: Mexsport)
SANTA CLARA, California -- Javier Hernandez did not shy away from the media following Mexico’s 7-0 loss to Chile in the Copa America Centenario quarterfinals on Saturday night.
He was among a group of Tricolor players that wanted to get a message out to the Mexican supporters, apologizing for the performance and asking for their support going forward.
"We must apologize to the people, to all the fans, to our families,” said the 28-year-old forward. “Unfortunately, we can sound repetitive, but it's reality. We tried to leave everything. That's football. We are first repenting and are going to be the first…if we receive a call-up…in trying not repeat this again, trying to be the team that thrashes an opponent.”
With 45 international goals, Hernandez is one short of equaling Jared Borgetti’s Mexican scoring record. In the Copa, he netted once in four appearances, striking against Jamaica in a 2-0 Group C win. The Bayer Leverkusen star believed his team could have done better against the defending champion at Levi’s Stadium.
"Unfortunately, we were not up to par,” Hernandez continued. “It didn’t go as planned. They ran over us in every way. That's football. Regrettably, you can score seven or you can give up seven. It was one of those nights. Words are useless. We are very embarrassed, very sad, hurt also. This is something we do not like. We don’t want to repeat it again. It is everybody’s fault.”
While the extent of the loss was completely unexpected, especially on the heels of a 22-game unbeaten run, Hernandez expressed disappointment with not achieving the ultimate objective – vying for the silverware on June 26.
“We are very sorry, sad,” he finished. “It’s a difficult time. We are the first to be critical. We are ashamed to have given up seven goals and that things didn’t go well in such an important tournament, where we had many expectations of reaching the final.”