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Javier Hernandez helps Leverkusen end season on a positive note

Javier Hernandez's goal and assist helped salvage a game for Bayer Leverkusen.

Javier Hernandez stepped up for Bayer Leverkusen, two Europa League spots were garnered and Jonathan dos Santos was once again a crucial part of Villarreal's roster.

Here's a look back at the Heroes and Villains from the Mexicans in Europe.


After going through six Bundesliga matches without a win, Javier Hernandez and Bayer Leverkusen gained a massive 6-2 victory over Hertha Berlin. Led by the Mexican striker's early goal and assist during Saturday's game, Die Werkself have been able to end their disappointing season on a positive note.

Will Hernandez stick around after the summer? Without a Champions League or Europa league spot for Leverkusen, the "Little Pea" might be tempted to look for a move elsewhere.

Over in Spain, Villarreal and Jonathan dos Santos were able to secure their place in the Europa League. Thanks to a 3-1 away win against Valencia on Sunday, which included an assist from Dos Santos, the Submarino Amarillo have finished in La Liga's top five.

As a vital member of the starting XI, Dos Santos has been brilliant for Villarreal this season. With his usual position as the right midfielder, the Barcelona product was a key figure in his club's impressive run. Keep an eye on the younger Dos Santos brother who will be charging into the Confederations Cup with plenty of confidence for the national team.

Speaking of the Europa League, Real Sociedad were also able to sneak their way into a La Liga position that is worthy of the competition. With a last second equalizer from Juanmi in the 94th minute, La Real gained a necessary draw during Sunday's 2-2 result against Celta Vigo. With a point in hand, Sociedad jumped back up to sixth place.

As for winger Carlos Vela, the Mexican was dangerous at times in the draw but remained fairly quiet for Sociedad during his 55 minutes. Like many other Mexicans in Europe, the incessant question is if he will stay with his club or potentially make the move to MLS. Well aware of the significant benefits of incorporating the Mexican star, Vela will continue to be on the league's radar.


After dropping out of the title race, Porto stumbled to an unexpected 3-1 away loss to Moreirense over the weekend. Granted, the organization already had a spot in second place guaranteed, but the result was likely a disappointing one for fans of the Dragaos who had only seen one previous defeat earlier this season.

Team captain Hector Herrera, who only played during the first half for Porto, could do little in the midfield to avoid the loss. Jesus Corona had promising runs in his second half appearance, but like Herrera, the winger couldn't help Porto gain at least a draw. Miguel Layun was once again left off the gameday roster.

Another week, another match with Carlos Salcedo on the bench for Fiorentina. On Sunday's 4-1 loss to Napoli, the defender was left off the starting XI for the third game in a row. While La Viola are now destined to finish without a Europa League-worthy position, Salcedo's future is still undecided. At the moment, there seems to be no indications that Fiorentina will utilize their option to buy the player on loan.

That said, Salcedo made it quite clear on Twitter that he isn't ready to return to Mexico, yet.

Cesar Hernandez covers Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @cesarhfutbol.


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