If Jose Manuel de la Torre, manager of the embattled Mexican national soccer team, manages to keep his job through the end of the current World Cup cycle he may have Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez to thank.
That's because Hernandez headed home a pair of second-half goals Saturday to lift El Tri to a face-saving 2-1 win over Japan in the Confederations Cup in Brazil.
Mexico won't advance in the tournament, a dress rehearsal for next summer's World Cup, after losing to Italy and Brazil in its first two matches. But after winning just one of its six matches in World Cup qualifying this year, Mexico needed to beat Japan to come home from the tournament with something other than embarrassment.
And Mexico took its frustration and anger out on the Japanese, blistering the net with 20 shots, nine of them on goal.