Javier Hernandez guilty of horror miss in the Champions League

Javier Hernandez missed a sitter against Ludogorets. (©GettyImages)

Mexican striker Javier Hernandez was guilty of a horror miss against Ludogorets Razgrad during Real Madrid's 2-1 victory in the Champions League last night.

The former Manchester United marksman was handed his first start by Carlo Ancelotti since moving to the Santiago Bernabeu on an initial season-long loan, deployed in a central striker role for the European clash.

However, the 26-year-old failed to repay the faith shown in him by his new manager, missing a host of goalscoring opportunities as Real Madrid made difficult work of beating the Bulgarian minnows.

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Difficult task

Ludogorets took a surprise lead in the eighth minute when Marcelinho headed in after the Spanish giants failed to clear a corner, and Los Blancos fans would've been even more nervy when Cristiano Ronaldo failed to convert a penalty two minutes later.

Thankfully the Portuguese superstar was afforded a second opportunity from 12-yards later in the half, and this time made no mistake with his spot-kick to level the tie at the Vasil Levski National Stadium.

However, Hernandez was culpable for Real Madrid's failure to push on and take the lead, particularly after his close-range miss from five yards out after being teed up by Isco.

The Red Devils outcast was eventually replaced by Karim Benzema, and to make matters worse for Hernandez it was the French striker that netted the all important winner with a little over ten minutes left on the clock.

Surprisingly positive

Ancelotti defended Hernandez's performance after the game, and reflected surprisingly positively on what turned out to be a difficult night in Europe.

"I wanted to rest Karim, who has played a lot so far," the Italian was quoted saying by Goal.com. "Chicharito had a good game; he did not score but his performance was good."

Hernandez has scored twice for Real Madrid since completing his switch to the Spanish capital, but based on his showing for the club on Tuesday evening Louis van Gaal was perhaps right to ship him out of Manchester United.

You can watch a clip of Javier Hernandez's horror miss by CLICKING HERE - and have your say in the comment box provided if you think the Red Devils boss was right to let the player leave Old Trafford.

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