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Javier Hernandez takes awful penalty for Bayer Leverkusen

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Things aren’t going too well for Javier Hernandez and Bayer Leverkusen at the moment.

The club are already 10 points off third - the final Champions League spot in the Bundesliga - and are closer to bottom placed Ingolstadt than league leaders RB Leipzig.

When they hosted Freiburg on Saturday, they would have been hoping to pick up three points to really kick start their season. However, they fell behind to a Janik Haberer strike in the first-half.

Turkey international Hakan Calhanoglu equalised on the hour mark and Leverkusen were given the perfect chance to earn the win when they were awarded a penalty in the 88th minute.

Hernandez had gone 12 matches for club and country without a goal and would surely end that drought from 12 yards and win the match for his side.

What followed was a quite awful spot-kick from the former Manchester United forward.

Hernandez completely scuffed his effort straight down the middle, allowing Alexander Schwolow to make an easy save with his feet. German newspaper Bild branded it the worst penalty of all-time.

Take a look at the awful effort:

Just last month, United legend Rio Ferdinand expressed his disbelief that his former club allowed Hernandez to leave for just £7.3 million in 2015. Ahead of Leverkusen’s clash with Spurs in the Champions League - which they drew 0-0 - Ferdinand couldn’t hide his disappointment that United let Hernandez go so easily.

"Spurs will have to watch out for my former Manchester United team-mate Javier Hernandez because he is a potent striker who takes his chances," Ferdinand said.

"I still can’t believe that he joined Leverkusen from Manchester United for just £7.3m last year.

"When you look at the market today, it was an unbelievable bit of business by Bayer Leverkusen."

While Leverkusen may not be having the best of times in the league, they have already progressed through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Leverkusen will finish second in their group - after a remarkable record that has seen them win just once and draw four of their five matches.

Their unbeaten record means they will qualify at the expense of Tottenham and CSKA Moscow. However, If they want to get past the last-16 stage, they will be hoping Hernandez can find his shooting boots - and fast.

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