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'Chicharito' can't stop scoring; Vela nets winner as top Mexicans in Europe

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez is well on his way to having another incredible season in the Bundesliga. Following a noteworthy 2015-2016 in which he tallied 17 league goals, he has started the current campaign with five in five league matches.

On Saturday, "Chicharito" clinched his fifth goal of the season in Bayer Leverkusen's 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund. Although Leverkusen had a narrow 1-0 lead for most of the game, he solidified the three points after easily finding the back of the net in the 79th minute. The Mexican star is currently the Bundesliga's joint top goalscorer, averaging a goal every 89 minutes in the tournament.

Hernandez is on fire, and he will be keen to become his country's all-time leading goalscorer during Mexico's World Cup qualifiers in November. At just 28 years old, he will have plenty of time to score the two necessary to surpass Jared Borgetti (46) and become the new leader.

Here's a look at what the other Mexicans abroad were up to this weekend.

Carlos Vela, FW, Real Sociedad (Spain)

Vela scored the winner for Real Sociedad in a 1-0 home victory against Real Betis. The winger was given his fourth start of the season and played a total of 75 minutes in the win.

The timing of the goal could not have been more perfect for the 27-year-old, who was recently left out of Juan Carlos Osorio's Mexico squad. Although it's a step in the right direction, it's just one of many that he'll need in order to win Osorio over.

Marco Fabian, MF, Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)

During last Saturday's 1-0 loss against Freiburg, Fabian could do little to help Frankfurt gain an away draw. The 27-year-old had an active role as the team's attacking midfielder, but eventually emerged empty-handed after 90 minutes.

After collecting two goals and two assists in his previous three matches, many Fabian fans will be a little let down to see him finish without playing a part in a Frankfurt goal over the weekend. Although several doubters will begin to bring up past issues of inconsistency, the midfielder will have an opportunity to prove them wrong with El Tri during the international break.

Andres Guardado, MF, PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands)

On Saturday, Guardado suffered an injury in a 1-1 draw against Heerenveen and was substituted out in the 54th minute of the match. Mexico supporters will have their fingers crossed that the knock isn't serious. At the time of writing, details have yet to emerge as to the severity of the injury. Luckily, he was left out of the recent Mexico roster and will have some time to rest in the coming weeks.

Hector Moreno, DF, PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands)

Moreno was partially at fault for Heerenveen's lone goal on Saturday after some bad marking on Luciano Slagveer on a counter, allowing him plenty of space to run and provide an assist for Arber Zeneli.

The mistake was a rare one for the usually consistent 28-year-old. Regardless of whether he should get the full blame or not, Moreno is still Mexico's most talented central defender. He will need to make several more blunders before supporters begin to question his abilities or starting spot for club and country.

Hector Herrera, MF, Porto (Portugal)

After being given a short break from Porto's starting XI for most of September, Herrera returned to his starting role on Saturday and helped lead the squad to a 4-0 victory against Nacional. The captain played all 90 minutes and created the assist for the first goal. Herrera has rebounded following a sluggish start to the tournament. Good news for Mexico fans.

Miguel Layun, DF, Porto (Portugal)

Layun was also given a start over the weekend for Porto and played a vital role with his passing, providing an assist for the second goal. He nearly finished with a goal, but his shot hit the woodwork in the 89th minute.

Whether he is playing as a right or left-back, Porto's assist machine deserves to be in the squad's starting XI. As for the national team, Osorio might consider moving Layun over to the right side of defense to cover for the injured Paul Aguilar.

Guillermo Ochoa, GK, Granada (Spain)

On Saturday, Ochoa and Granada struggled at home in 1-0 loss to Leganes. Despite a couple of saves, the goalkeeper couldn't do much to stop Alexander Szymanowski's well-placed goal in the 76th minute. While he has received criticism abroad, focus should also be placed on Granada's permeable back line.

Pedro Arce, MF, Veria (Greece)

Arce played a total of 82 minutes in Veria's 0-0 draw at home against PAOK on Sunday. The central midfielder has reclaimed a key spot in the squad and has started in the last three league games.

Carlos Salcedo, DF, Fiorentina (Italy)

During Sunday's 2-1 loss for Fiorentina against Torino, Salcedo was given his third consecutive start in all competitions. That said, the 23-year-old was at fault for Torino's first goal of the match.

Despite the mistake, Salcedo's short time with Fiorentina has been very impressive. The defender has easily adapted to the changes in Italy and has quickly become a key member of the roster. However, he will need to avoid more serious mistakes in order to maintain that role with Fiorentina in the future.

Diego Reyes, DF, Espanyol (Spain)

Reyes was given his first start of the season for Espanyol on Sunday's 0-0 draw with Villarreal. The 24-year-old played the full 90 minutes and was superb with his clearances and distribution of the ball.

Reyes took advantage of his first start of the competition and emerged as an important figure in Espanyol's defense. The performance should prove to help boost the morale of the player who recently looked worrisome for the Mexican national team during September's 0-0 draw against Honduras.

Jonathan dos Santos, MF, Villarreal (Spain)

On the other side of the pitch, Dos Santos was given the start as Villarreal's central attacking midfielder. Unfortunately for the 26-year-old, he finished his 90 minutes without a goal or assist that could have earned three points. With the international break around the corner, he can now focus his energy on impressing Osorio and Mexico fans in the upcoming friendlies. Man-for-man, the midfielder is arguably the most talented player in El Tri's recent call-up list, and one that has the capabilities to turn heads in the next couple of weeks.

Injured: Raul Jimenez, FW, Benfica (Portugal); Jesus Corona, FW, Porto (Portugal)