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Mexicans Abroad: Chicharito gets Old Trafford standing ovation, Herrera scores ahead of Champions League return

2:26 PM EDT 4/15/19
Javier Hernandez Chicharito West Ham United David de Gea Manchester United
The former Manchester United forward got a friendly send-off once his day was done, while HH is prepping to take on Liverpool

It seemed like a typical afternoon for Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, who started for West Ham against Manchester United on Saturday.

The forward put in an active shift but ultimately wasn't able to find the back of the net against his former club in a 2-1 loss.

But as he exited the match in the 73rd minute, the fans at Old Trafford rose to their feet and gave a standing ovation to the former Red Devil, saluting the player who scored 37 Premier League goals for the club.

"It’s difficult to find the words to describe the feeling getting off the pitch today. Manchester United will be always a very special club for me and my family," the forward posted on Instagram. "Coming back to Old Trafford and having a standing ovation is not easy to digest... thank you to all the Manchester United fans today for doing that. A day I will never forget."

Even as he took in the crowd's support, the forward seemed frustrated with his own manager at being taken off as a change and had a word with Manuel Pellegrini. The Hammers host Leicester City on Saturday.

Also in EnglandRaul Jimenez played all 90 minutes for Wolves in a 3-1 defeat to Southampton that dropped the club into the 8th position in the Premier League.

Porto rolled past Portimonense in their Friday contest, getting a 3-0 win between Champions League legs. While Jesus "Tecatito" Corona played in both the 2-0 loss to Liverpool and Friday's victory, Hector Herrera missed the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal because of yellow card accumulation. The captain got into good form ahead of his UCL return, though, finding the back of the net for the final goal of the league triumph. 

It was an eventful, though shortened, weekend for Guillermo Ochoa.  The El Tri No. 1 continues on with Standard in the championship phase of the Belgian league. Standard took a lead on Anderlecht in the 22nd minute and then added to it with a penalty that also resulted in Anderlecht defender Kara Mbodji getting a second yellow card and his marching orders. Anderlecht fans, who already had forced a couple of stoppages in the match, pelted Ochoa's end with flares, and referee Erik Lambrechts abandoned the contest just after a half-hour.

A decision is yet to be made on the result, but it would seem likely Standard will be awarded three points, which would put them a point behind the spot for Champions League qualification and five points behind the leader. With six rounds left to play, Ochoa and Standard control their own destiny.

Omar Govea also is making a re-emergence in Belgium. After missing most of the season, he's played the last three matches for Antwerp, including a 2-1 victory over Gent on Saturday. It was the eighth appearance of the year for the 23-year-old, who is working to get on Tata Martino's radar.

Hirving Lozano and PSV stayed level on points with Ajax at the summit of the Dutch league. Lozano won a penalty just after the hour mark, with Steven Bergwijn stepping up to convert it. Erick Gutierrez stayed on the bench, making it 10 consecutive matches in which he hasn't been able to get onto the field.

In Spain, it was a rough week for Mexicans. Andres Guardado saw minutes in the Gran Derbi with Real Betis but fell to Sevilla for just the third time in a dozen matches against the crosstown rival. Diego Lainez didn't make the squad, with Quique Setien saying he felt he had other options more likely to come in off the bench than the Mexican teenager. 

Hector Moreno missed out on Real Sociedad's own derby match with a foot injury, keeping him out of La Real's 1-1 draw with Eibar.

Diego Reyes' Leganes takes on Real Madrid on Monday.