By Avi Creditor, Goal.com

Manchester United secured three more precious points in the UEFA Champions League, and the Red Devils have Mexican forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez to thank for that.

In a rare start, Hernandez struck for two headers to lead United out of a two-goal hole and to a 3-2 victory over Portuguese side Sporting Braga at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Hernandez, who scored in each of Mexico's World Cup qualifiers earlier this month, only had one goal for Manchester United this season prior to Tuesday's match. With United trailing 2-0 courtesy of two goals by Braga's Alan, Hernandez got to the end of a cross from Shinji Kagawa in the 25th minute to slice the deficit in half.

Hernandez was denied a second goal when Kagawa was incorrectly ruled offside before setting up the Mexican striker for an easy finish, but Hernandez got his second in the 75th minute. He headed home the game-winning goal off a cross from Tom Cleverley, before coming out of the match four minutes later for veteran Ryan Giggs.

Chicharito was not the only Mexican international to star in the Champions League on Tuesday, as Andres Guardado assisted on one of Roberto Soldado's three goals in Valencia's 3-0 trouncing of BATE Borisov. Both performances came a day after Giovani dos Santos marked his Mallorca debut with two assists in a loss to Sevilla.

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  • Andres Iniesta

    FC Barcelona Andres Iniesta, center, reacts after scoring during a Champions League soccer match group G against Celtic at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

  • Manchester United's Alexander Buttner, left, tackles SC Braga's Leandro Salino during their Champions League Group H soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • John Terry

    John Terry of Chelsea FC controls the ball during a group E Champions League soccer match against Shakhtar Donetsk at Donbas Arena stadium in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

  • Johan Elmander, Laszlo Sepsi

    Galatasaray's Johan Elmander, top, vies with Laszlo Sepsi of CFR Cluj during their Champions League Group H soccer match at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012.(AP Photo)

  • Alexis Sanchez, Mikael Lustig

    FC Barcelona's forward Alexis Sanchez, right, of Chile, is fouled by Celtic's Mikael Lustig during a Champions League Group G soccer match at the Camp Nou, in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Felice Calabro')

  • Jordi Alva, Kelvin Wilson, Efe Ambrose

    FC Barcelona's Jordi Alva, second right, duels for the ball against Celtic's Kelvin Wilson, right, and Efe Ambrose , center, during a Champions League soccer match group G at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

  • Andres Iniesta, Victor Wanyama

    FC Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, right, is challenged by Celtic's Victor Wanyama during a Champions League Group G soccer match between FC Barcelona and Celtic at the Camp Nou, in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Felice Calabro')

  • Juventus Gianluigi Buffono, centre, and goalkeeper Lucimar da Silva Ferreira defend against FC Nordsjalland's Joshua John's shot during their Champions League, Group E, match played at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Polfoto, Jens Dresling) DENMARK OUT

  • Semih Kaya, Luis Alberto, Johan Elmander

    Galatasaray's Semih Kaya, left, and Johan Elmander, right, vie with Luis Alberto of CFR Cluj during their Champions League Group H soccer match in a heavy rain at theAli Sami Yen Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo)

  • Selcuk Inan, Cadu

    Galatasaray's Selcuk Inan, left, vies with Cadu of CFR Cluj during their Champions League Group H soccer match at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo)

  • FC Bayern Munich's players react at the end of their group F Champions League soccer match at the Grand Stade Lille Metropole, in Villeneuve d'Ascq, northern France, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

  • FC Barcelona's players hug teammate Jordi Alba after scoring during a Champions League Group G soccer match between FC Barcelona and Celtic at the Camp Nou, in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. FC Barcelona won 2-1. (AP Photo/Felice Calabro')

  • Manchester United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson reacts during their Champions League Group H soccer match against SC Braga at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Manchester United's Javier Hernandez celebrates after he scores the third goal of the game for his side during their Champions League Group H soccer match against SC Braga at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Dante

    FC Bayern Munich's defender Dante of Brazil, background, reacts at the end of his group F Champions League soccer match at the Grand Stade Lille Metropole, in Villeneuve d'Ascq, northern France, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

  • Jordi Alba

    FC Barcelona midfielder Jordi Alba, center, scores during a Champions League Group G soccer match between FC Barcelona and Celtic at the Camp Nou, in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. FC Barcelona won 2-1. (AP Photo/Felice Calabro')

  • FC Bayern Munich's players react at the end of their group F Champions League soccer match at the Grand Stade Lille Metropole, in Villeneuve d'Ascq, northern France, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

  • Roberto Soldado

    Valencia CF's Roberto Soldado, left, celebrates his third goal against Bate Borisov during their Champions League Group F soccer match in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

  • Jordi Alba, Lionel Messi

    FC Barcelona's Jordi Alba, right, celebrates after scoring with Lionel Messi from Argentina during a Champions League soccer match group G against Celtic at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

  • Jordi Alba

    FC Barcelona's Jordi Alba, third right, scores during a Champions League soccer match group G against Celtic at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

  • Manchester United's Javier Hernandez celebrates after he scores the third goal of the game for his side during their Champions League Group H soccer match against SC Braga at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Jordi Alba

    Celtic's players react after FC Barcelona scored during a Champions League soccer match group G at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

  • Fernando Torres of Chelsea FC, right, challenges for the ball with Darijo Srna of Shakhtar Donetsk during a group E Champions League soccer match at Donbas Arena stadium in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

  • Jordi Alba

    FC Barcelona midfielder Jordi Alba, center, reacts after scoring during a Champions League Group G soccer match between FC Barcelona and Celtic at the Camp Nou, in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. FC Barcelona won 2-1. (AP Photo/Felice Calabro')

  • Manchester United's Javier Hernandez right, and SC Braga's Custodio left, tussle for the ball during their Champions League Group H soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Tuesday Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Jordi Alba

    Celtic players Kris Commons, right, and Gary Hooper react after FC Barcelona scored during a Champions League soccer match group G at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

  • Charlie Mulgrew

    Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew reacts at the end of the match during a Champions League soccer match group G against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

  • Adil Rami, Vitali Rodionov

    Bate Borisov's Vitali Rodionov tries to score past Valencia CF's Adil Rami during their Champions League Group F soccer match in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

  • FC Barcelona players celebrate their victory over Celtic during a Champions League soccer match group G at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

  • DENMARK SOCCER CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    FC Nordsjalland's Kasper Lorentzen and Juventus Andrea Pirlo in action when FC Nordsjalland played against Juventus in a Champions League, Group E, match at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/POLFOTO, Jens Dresling) DENMARK OUT

  • DENMARK SOCCER CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    FC Nordsjalland's Nicolai Stokholm with Juventus Giorgio Chiellini and Claudio Marchisio in action when FC Nordsjalland played against Juventus in a Champions League, Group E, match at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/POLFOTO, Jens Dresling) DENMARK OUT

  • Alex Teixera, left, of Shakhtar Donetsk challenges for the ball with Ramires of Chelsea FC during a group E Champions League soccer match at Donbas Arena stadium in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

  • DENMARK SOCCER CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    Juventus Claudio Marchisio and FC Nordsjalland's Kasper Lorentzen in action when FC Nordsjalland played against Juventus in a Champions League, Group E, match at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/POLFOTO, Jens Dresling) DENMARK OUT

  • Ramires, left, of Chelsea FC challenges for the ball with Ilsinho of Shakhtar Donetsk during a group E Champions League soccer match at Donbas Arena stadium in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

  • Eden Hazard, right, of Chelsea FC challenges for the ball with Fernandinho of Shakhtar Donetsk during a group E Champions League soccer match at Donbas Arena stadium in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

  • Petr Cech

    Goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea saves the ball during a group E Champions League soccer match against Shakhtar Donetsk at Donbas Arena stadium in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

  • Frank Lampard, left, of Chelsea FC reacts after an injury during a group E Champions League soccer match against Shakhtar Donetsk at Donbas Arena stadium in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

  • FBL-EUR-C1-BLR-ESP-BATE-VALENCIA

    Valencia's Roberto Soldado (R) vies with BATE Borisov's Marko Simic (L) during their Champions League Group F football match in Minsk, on October 23, 2012. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV (Photo credit should read VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FBL-EUR-C1-BLR-ESP-BATE-VALENCIA

    Valencia's players celebrate after scoring a goal against BATE Borisov during their Champions League Group F football match in Minsk, on October 23, 2012. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV (Photo credit should read VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)