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Chicharito reaches EPL milestone with illegal goal

WATCH: Chicharito joins elite goalscoring EPL list with illegal goal

February 22, 2019 By Oscar Rojas
The Mexican striker cancelled Fulham's early lead, with Issa Diop and Mikhail Antonio scoring two more for the Hammers.

Mexican striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernández joined 106 Premier League players that were able to score 50 goals in the English top flight's history...but he did it the wrong way.

The El Tri striker ended a two-month drought without a goal with a first-half header against Fulham, which led to West Ham's 3-1 comeback against Claudio Ranieri's side. Even if this was a good day for Chicharito, the striker's antics will be criticized by fans and experts, as he scored his 50th goal in the Premier League with the use of his hand.

Hernández had headed the ball away from the net, but the "casual" placement of his hand helped the ball into crossing the goal line. Fulham's defenders made the ref aware of this action, but with VAR not available in the EPL until next season, the goal was allowed to stand.

Have a look at Hernández's goal (Image might be geo-restricted).

Here's a breakdown of Chicharito's goals for club and country, as he also reached 200 goals scored in his professional career with that "header".


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