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Javier Hernandez booked for 'shoulder charge' tackle

Hernandez let his frustration boil over. (©GettyImages)
Hernandez let his frustration boil over. (©GettyImages).

Javier Hernandez is one of the nicest guys in football, right?

Well, football fans saw a different side to the fun-loving Manchester United striker on Tuesday evening, during Mexico's 2014 World Cup qualifying clash against Costa Rica.

On a disappointing night which saw El Tri held to a 0-0 draw at the Azteca Stadium, the 25-year-old let his frustration boil over when he became involved in an off-the-ball incident.

Hernandez received a yellow card following an unnecessary shoulder charge tackle on Michael Umana, knocking the Costa Rica defender to the floor as he awaited a Mexico corner.

It marked an uncharacteristic piece of foul play by the forward, who could have seriously injured his opponent. And all because Hernandez was riled by his national team's ongoing profligacy in front of goal.

The goalless scoreline means Mexico have now failed to score in four of their six qualification matches in the CONCACAF region, drawing nine out of the ten games played in all competitions in 2013.

Hernandez's individual goalscoring record at international level is mightily impressive, with 32 goals in just 47 appearances for his country. However, his latest aggressive action is still unjustifiable, and on reflection he'll hopefully regret the incident!

Watch Javier Hernandez's shoulder charge challenge into the chest of Michael Umana in the video below - with thanks once again to 101greatgoals.com - and feel free to share your favourite off the ball fouls in the comment box provided!

 

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