With a pair of Mexico World Cup qualifiers around the corner, Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez is rounding into form for Bayer Leverkusen.
After a prolonged scoring slump, Chicharito scored in a third straight game, giving Bayer Leverkusen a 2-0 lead over Augsburg going into halftime of their Bundesliga game and restoring the two-goal edge after an Augsburg score in an eventual 3-1 win on Friday.
Chicharito, who has five goals in that three-game span, also had a hand in assisting Karim Bellarabi's opener, which was the 50,000th Bundesliga goal in league history. The 50,001st went to the Mexican international, who remains a goal behind Jared Borgetti's national record. It came at the end of a wild sequence, with Leverkusen nearly scoring, recovering the ball after Augsburg attempted to clear and then winding up with Chicharito having a clear look from close range. He took his time, baited the goalkeeper into moving and then fired into the back of the net.
He then split the defense with a well-timed run and scored from close range for his second of the day, answering Augsburg after the deficit was cut to 2-1.
Chicharito now has 10 goals on the Bundesliga season, more than halfway to his 17-goal tally last season.