ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Javier Hernandez had a hat trick to help Mexico beat El Salvador 5-0 on Sunday in the opening match for both teams at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Hernandez’s first goal came in the 60th minute after he scored on a header from the top of the box. Efrain Juarez set up the goal with a corner kick from the left side.
Seven minutes later, Hernandez knocked in a shot from inside 10 yards for Mexico’s fourth goal in a 12-minute span. Hernandez scored his final goal on a penalty kick in second-half stoppage time when he chipped a shot into the right corner of the net.
Juarez scored the game’s first goal after he rebounded his own missed shot, which was swatted back at him by El Salvador goalkeeper Miguel Montes. Aldo De Nigris added another goal in the 57th minute for Mexico just a minute after replacing Israel Castro.