Bundesliga

The German Chicharito: hard work and efficiency pays off

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez may be one of the most well-known Mexicans on the planet but he demonstrated traditional German traits in helping Bayer 04 Leverkusen come from two goals down to beat FC Schalke 04 3-2 on Saturday evening.

Anyone who has witnessed the 27-year-old in action this season will know that he has a flair for the spectacular, as his stunning strike against VfL Wolfsburg and hat-trick against Borussia Mönchengladbach showed.

Yet his performance at the VELTINS Arena stood out for qualities that are highly-prized in his new country of residence: efficiency, hard work and a never-say-die attitude.

Schalke targeted Leverkusen's midfield in an effort to cut off Chicharito's supply line and the tactic worked: the Mexican only had 29 touches, the fewest of any player who stayed on the pitch for 90 minutes.