Brazil's hopes of back-to-back victories at the World Cup were crushed by a heroic individual performance.
The stopper pulled off a string of quality saves, including one leap to his right which evoked memories of Gordon Bank’s famous save from Pele at the 1970 World Cup.
Each remarkable stop was followed by a nod of disbelief as he prepared himself for the next onslaught. Thanks to Ochoa, Mexico earned a highly credible 0-0 draw in Group A.
Cue praise from the social media brigade:
— Richard Whittle (@RichWman) June 17, 2014
How is this game still 0-0? One simple answer... OCHOA! — Futbol Agent (@Futbol_Agent_) June 17, 2014
Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa posed for a selfie before the game. pic.twitter.com/Lcn57DQITX
— Rude Kid (@RudeKidMusic) June 17, 2014
Memo Ochoa had a message for Brazil today: pic.twitter.com/C8lUdHJznw
— ESPN (@espn) June 17, 2014
Ochoa in the Mexico vs. Brazil game! pic.twitter.com/ZKAtoIGPYL
— FIFA World Cup (@WorIdCupNOT) June 17, 2014
He was heralded as the Mexican Jesus.
Guillermo Ochoa's Wikipedia page after the game... pic.twitter.com/wSgasWkr6x
— 2014 World Cup (@TheWorIdCup) June 17, 2014
Ochoa right now pic.twitter.com/2vreH3uE3q
— World Cup 2014 (@WorIdCupp) June 17, 2014
There were even suggestions that he had six fingers...
— John Brewin (@JohnBrewinESPN) June 17, 2014
But, unfortunately, this claim was nothing more than sneaky internet fabrication.
Christ alive Twitter (and internet!) - what wouldn't you make up? 6-fingered Mexican goalkeepers ... Whatever next? England winning the WC?
— sportingintelligence (@sportingintel) June 17, 2014
Either way, in a World Cup where focus as ever has mostly been on the big name attackers, the spotlight on Tuesday was stolen by a goalkeeper who at the time of his outstanding performance, did not even belong to a football club - Ligue 1 side Ajaccio in France made the decision to release him at the end of the season just ended.
— Damien Buckley (@DamoBuckley1) June 17, 2014
Needless to say, Ochoa probably won't spend too long without an employer.
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