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