Portuguese forward Hernâni is certainly making the headlines in Spain with his new outfit Levante in recent days. The Former Porto man scored his first goal for the club last Tuesday against Real Betis, and Hernani made it goals in consecutive games as Levante met Osasuna on Sunday.

However, the 28-year-old did not remain on the pitch for the entirety of the 1-1 draw at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia, with his afternoon cut short by a 72nd minute dismissal.

Hernâni’s day got off to the perfect start when he put the hosts 1-0 up in the 4th minute, arriving at the back post to produce an assured finish to Miramon’s cross. Having scored his first goal for the club against Betis with his left foot, this time the Lisbon native fired home with his right to put Levante ahead.

Ruben Garcia equalised for Osasuna in the second half before Hernâni was dismissed. Having carried a booking since the 18th minute the Portuguese’s poorly judged challenge on Ezequiel Avila left the referee with little choice other than to issue a red.

Levante coach Paco Lopez was asked if he was angry with his new signing. “We have to be, in honesty. It left us with one less through an avoidable incident, but it happens and we learn. I haven’t spoken to him yet. We all lose control at times. He had a great game with the ball, he gave us a thousand options, but he has to learn in other aspects.”

By Sean Gillen

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I’ve always enjoyed watching a confident Hernani Fortes in action and it’s a shame he never lived up to his potential for Porto. I remember watching him for Vitoria Guimaraes B thinking he had all the qualities to be the next big thing for the...

I’ve always enjoyed watching a confident Hernani Fortes in action and it’s a shame he never lived up to his potential for Porto. I remember watching him for Vitoria Guimaraes B thinking he had all the qualities to be the next big thing for the Seleccao.

He always puts on a show and is very entertaining to watch, but this is also the very thing that has stopped him from reaching that top-football potential. He is an entertainer and bases too many of his decisions on entertaining the crowd. A lot of young skillfull wingers pick up the efficiency with experience and tutoring but Hernani seems to lose confidence and passion when he doesn’t play his samba-like football.

He has looked very sharp for Levante and it was a sad ending to a very, very good game by him. Hopefully he can keep the form up and continue to impress. Fingers crossed for a footballer I have followed for many years who I believe can be a joker in the spanish league this season.

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Great comment Markus

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