- The Mexican striker was marshalled well by Schalke's defence but still made a positive impact.
- Secured the win for Leverkusen with a well-taken finish on the hour-mark.
- Excellent overall contribution to the team.
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.
However, that does not mean the Guadalajara native was not involved - far from it in fact.
- With his side chasing the game Chicharito increased his work-rate, running 10.69 kilometres compared to his average of 10.05 km this season. That contributed to Leverkusen covering more ground (121.8 km) than any other side on Matchday 31.
- Schalke are a physical team, but the striker led by example in winning a greater percentage of tackles (77 per cent) than any of his team-mates.
- He completed 72 per cent of his passes, made 19 sprints and 58 fast-paced runs.
- He only had one shot on goal (compared to an average of 2.3 per game) – and scored.
- Hernandez's Bundesliga tally now reads 17 goals from 26 outings, putting him fourth in the league's top scorers' chart this term.