The prolific Mexican forward scored the game-winner off the bench on his 28th birthday.
Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez celebrated his 28th birthday with a game-winning goal.
Chicharito's 86th-minute header lifted Mexico to a 1-0 win over Chile in San Diego in El Tri's final tune-up before Copa America Centenario begins.
Miguel Layun served him a perfect cross from the right, and Chicharito's flying header left goalkeeper Cristopher Toselli with no chance, as he powered it into the upper left-hand corner. It was Chicharito's 44th career goal with Mexico, leaving him two behind Jared Borgetti's national record. Chicharito had entered the match just eight minutes prior as a substitute for Raul Jimenez, as manager Juan Carlos Osorio trotted out an experimental lineup.
Chicharito spoke at length with SI's Grant Wahl about his thought process and intuition to get into position to score, and he displayed it in crunch time Wednesday night.
Watch Chicharito's goal below:
Mexico enters Copa America a perfect 7-0-0 since Osorio took charge, and El Tri has not conceded a goal in that time. In total, Mexico rides a 19-match unbeaten streak into this summer's competition.