World goes beserk for incredible ‘six-fingered’ goalkeeper Ochoa

The Rio Report

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Brazil's hopes of back-to-back victories at the World Cup were crushed by a heroic individual performance.


As the Mexico defence creaked under intense pressure from their illustrious hosts, one man refused to be beaten: goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

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:

He was heralded as the Mexican Jesus.

There were even suggestions that he had six fingers...

But, unfortunately, this claim was nothing more than sneaky internet fabrication.

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.

Needless to say, Ochoa probably won't spend too long without an employer.

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