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Rogelio Funes Mori chasing ‘Chicharito’ Hernández record with Mexico

The CF Monterrey striker is one goal away from equalizing the record of Javier Hernández in his first four games with the Mexico national team.

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Rogelio Funes Mori chasing ‘Chicharito’ Hernández record with Mexico

Rogelio Funes Mori got his Mexican citizenship last month and was included in Mexico’s roster for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The CF Monterrey striker couldn’t find the back of the net on matchday one of Group A in a scoreless draw against Trinidad and Tobago.

First brace under the bag

For matchday two, Mexico played against Guatemala at the Cotton Bowl and Funes Mori scored a brace and sparked the 3-0 win. With that result El Tri climbed up to second place in Group A with four points, two behind El Salvador who are top of the group with six points in two games.

Tonight Mexico and El Salvador will play at the Cotton Bowl for the last game of Group A and a win for El Tri means they will secure the top spot and avoid the United States in the quarterfinals. Funes Mori has demonstrated why he got called up to the Mexico national team, bagging three goals in his first three appearances.

His first goal came in a friendly against Nigeria in his debut with Mexico and if he scores tonight he would equalize Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez’s record, who scored four goals in his first four games with El Tri. The LA Galaxy player is Mexico's all-time leading scorer, making his debut with the national team back on 1 October 2009 in a friendly game against Colombia.