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Chicharito bags goal but Bayer Leverkusen fall 3-1 to Mainz

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Mexican striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez bagged a second half goal for Bayer Leverkusen, but the Werkself were eventually forced to settle for a 3-1 defeat at Mainz on Sunday.

Leverkusen, without coach Roger Schmidt for the next three games after refusing to leave the game with a red card, didn't take long to concede, and in the 13th minute, Yanus Malli turned his defender over before lobbing past Bernd Leno for his team's first.

Jhon Cordoba then doubled Mainz's lead when Wendell's clearance landed on the Colombian to fire home at the edge of the box.

In the second half, things went from bad to worse for Leverkusen and a handball was called for a penalty on 57 minutes. Malli stepped up to beat Leno a second time and score the 3-0.

Chicharito got one back in the 65th minute through a header, but at the end it wasn't enough as Bayer Leverkusen dropped their eighth game of the season. Chicharito's goal, though, was his 14th in 19 Bundesliga matches for the Werkself.

With the result, Mainz overtook Bayer Leverkusen in the league table to move up to fifth, and next for Chicharito's side is Werder Bremen at home on Wednesday.

You can watch Chicharito's consolation goal below: