Hernández with Uruguay in 2011
|Full name||Abel Mathías Hernández Platero|
|Date of birth||8 August 1990|
|Place of birth||Pando, Uruguay|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 September 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Abel Mathías Hernández Platero (born 8 August 1990 in Pando, Canelones) is a Uruguayan football striker. He currently plays for Serie B club Palermo and the Uruguay national team. He is described as a fast player with great technical and impressive heading ability.
Nicknamed La Joya, he started his professional career with Uruguayan side Central Español, immediately scoring five goals in his first four games. He was subsequently acquired by Peñarol, where he established himself as a regular and also gained a spot into the Under-20 Uruguayan side. On 2 February 2009 Italian Serie A club Palermo completed the signing of Hernández, where he joined fellow Uruguayan Edinson Cavani.
He was presented by Palermo only one month later, due to some health concerns regarding a cardiac arrhythmia that led to a small surgical intervention. He made his first team debut on 15 March, replacing Edinson Cavani in the final minutes of a 5–2 home win to Lecce. He then won the Trofeo Giacinto Facchetti with the Primavera under-19 team in June 2009.
After missing the initial weeks of the 2009–10 Serie A due to injury and his participation in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Hernández played his first game on 29 October 2009. Coming on as a half-time substitute for Cristian Melinte, he scored in the 5–3 loss to league leaders Inter Milan. On 24 April 2010, he scored in Palermo's 3–1 Serie A win over AC Milan. He has attracted the interest of many clubs, including Inter Milan, Arsenal, Liverpool, Galatasaray and Paris Saint-Germain.
Hernández also competed in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, scoring one goal, an equaliser against Ghana.
On 27 July 2010 he was called up for a friendly match with the Uruguay against the Angola in Lisbon. The game, which was played on 11 August, ended in a 2–0 win for Uruguay, with Hernández being fouled for the penalty, which was scored by Edinson Cavani. Hernández then scored the second and final goal for the Celeste during injury time. He was chosen by Óscar Tabárez for the London 2012 Olympics Uruguay Squad. The following year, he was selected for Uruguay's squad at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup; in the final group stage match against Tahiti, Hernández earned a first half hat-trick and evidently became the fourth player in Confederations Cup history to score four goals in one match after scoring a second-half penalty goal in Uruguay's 8–0 victory.
- As of 6 November 2013
|2006–07||Central Español||Primera División||6||0||0||0||-||6||0|
- Scores and results lists Uruguay's goal tally first.
|1.||11 August 2010||Estádio do Restelo, Lisbon, Portugal||Angola||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2.||30 March 2011||Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland||Republic of Ireland||3–1||3–2||Friendly|
|3.||2 September 2011||Metalist Oblast Sports Complex, Kharkiv, Ukraine||Ukraine||3–2||3–2||Friendly|
|4.||23 June 2013||Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil||Tahiti||1–0||8–0||2013 FIFA Confederations Cup|
- 2009 South American Youth Championship: Top scorers
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