SOCHI, Russia – As a key member of a German club, Mexico’s Javier Hernandez has scored a lot of goals in Germany. He has never scored one against it, though.
The Bayer Leverkusen forward (4 goals in 5 all-time Confederations Cup games), who has netted 12 of his 48 international goals against European sides, hopes to change that Thursday as the Tricolor meets World Cup champion Germany in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup semifinals.
"It's going to be a very nice game,” Hernandez said. “I'm very content and happy with the confidence my coach (Juan Carlos Osorio) gives me. We want to give him the best results and, with that, as a consequence will come the country and all of Mexico."
In 10 all-time encounters against Germany, Mexico has won only once (1W-5D-4L), a 2-0 triumph at the Estadio Azteca in a friendly on June 15, 1985.
While there have been some injury concerns in regard to Hernandez, he is expected to start.
"The reality is that the position I play while I'm in the starting lineup, I'm going to be very happy,” commented the 29-year-old. “I believe that there is no player in the world who wants to be on the bench. We all want to start. We all want to play the 90 minutes.”
Mexico is attempting to reach the Confederations Cup final for the first time since 1999, when it defeated Brazil, 4-3, in the decider at the Azteca.