Javier Hernandez says goal for Real Madrid vs. Atleti my 'most important'

After scoring a late winner to help Real Madrid see off Atletico Madrid 1-0 in their Champions League quarterfinal second leg, Javier Hernandez said the goal was the most important of his career.

Hernandez, who's on loan at Real from Manchester United this season, missed several opportunities early in the match, but made the most of his in the 88th minute chance from a Cristiano Ronaldo assist.

The goal put Real Madrid through to their 26th European semifinal in club history as they chase their 11th title and seek to become the first team to defend their Champions League crown.

"Yes, of course, it's my most important goal, because the present is what's important," Hernandez said after the match.

"I've scored important goals in my career but what counts is now. This gives me confidence. It was a great assist [by Cristiano Ronaldo]. He played to win.

"This is a derby match. [Past games against Atletico] didn't bring good things after La Decima. This belongs to everyone. It belongs to all the people.

"I had to score but it's for everyone. The people who trusted in me, my teammates and my family. The goal is for all of them.

"The Coach told me a few days ago I would play. I kept on doing what I was doing and I was prepared."

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti also had praise for "Chicharito" and his timely goal, while alluding to the challenging season the Mexican international is enduring in the capital.

"We have to congratulate Chicharito because it has been a difficult year," Ancelotti said. "He's not playing much, but he has always trained, worked and suffered and he deserves what has happened."