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Mexico’s Hernandez breaks own European goal record
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Mexico international Javier Hernandez (pictured) celebrates after scoring in Bayer Leverkusen's win over Hannover in the German Bundesliga on January 30, 2016. (Photo: Mexsport)

LEVERKUSEN, Germany – Javier Hernandez set a personal mark for most goals scored in a European season on Saturday, netting twice in Bayer Leverkusen’s 3-0 German Bundesliga win over visiting Hannover to take his total in all competitions to 21.

The Mexico international’s previous best output came in 2010-11, when he struck for 20 goals in his first year with Manchester United.

After Stefan Kiessling (44’) put Leverkusen ahead 1-0 just before halftime, Hernandez converted a penalty kick (64’) and beat a defender in the left side of the box to send a low, left-footed shot from seven-yards out into the far-side netting (87’).

With those goals, the 27-year-old forward now has 13 in league play, three in the German Cup and five in the UEFA Champions League.

JAVIER HERNANDEZ

  • Goals in Europe by Season
  • 2010-11
    Manchester United, 20
  • 2011-12
    Manchester United, 12
  • 2012-13
    Manchester United, 18
  • 2013-14
    Manchester United, 9
  • 2014-15
    Manchester United, 0
    Real Madrid, 9
  • 2015-16 (as January 31, 2016)
    Manchester United, 0
    Bayer Leverkusen, 21
 
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