World Cup - Mexico goalkeeping heroics hold hosts Brazil

World Cup Group A, Estadio Castaelao - Brazil 0 Mexico 0

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World Cup - Mexico goalkeeping heroics hold hosts Brazil
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Guillermo Ochoa was the star as hosts Brazil could not break down Mexico in an atypically-entertaining 0-0 Group A draw.

The Mexican keeper brought back memories of Gordon Banks’ dramatic save from Pele midway through the first half, scrambling across his goal to claw away Neymar’s header from Dani Alves’ cross.

The Ochoa save was the highlight of a disappointingly scrappy opening half as both teams found it hard to settle into any kind of rhythm.

Yet it was far from the bore draw of Monday night as both teams went on the attack in the second half.

Neymar was again left cursing his luck in as Ochoa reacted to keep out his left footed effort before the keeper was in the right place at the right time to deny Thiago Silva from the striker’s cross.

An increasingly frustrated Brazil turned to dubious tactics in a result to win it, Marcelo taking a tumble in the box under little pressure from Raul Jimenez. But unlike in Brazil’s opener against Croatia, the referee was thankfully unmoved.

Havig soaked up wave after wave of Brazilian pressure, Mexico came close to winning it themselves late on. Andres Guardardo flashed a shot over the bar with a minute remaining before Cesar kept out Jimenez's late effort from going into the corner.

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KEY MOMENTS:

PRE-MATCH– Luis Scolari leaves Hulk on the bench and goes for Gustavo, Ramires and Oscar in the midfield. Javier Hernandez is again left on the bench for Mexico.

10’ – BRAZIL SIDE NETTING: It’s a great run and cross from Oscar who finds Fred at the near post. Half the stadium think he’s scored but it’s only side netting.

23’ – CESAR SAVE: He tips Herrara’s long range drive over the bar and somehow the referee gives a goal kick.

25’ – GREAT SAVE OCHOA: Neymar leaps to meet Alves’ cross and Ochoa scrambles to claw it out at the far post. Fabulous effort.

41’ – GOOD EFFORT VAZQUEZ: He tries his luck from distance and it bounces one before shaving Cesar’s post.

62’ – NEYMAR CLOSE: He fizzes a free kick past Ochoa’s left post. Probably had it covered.

68’ – GREAT SAVE OCHOA: He’s down really well to deny Neymar again from the left boot.

85’ – GREAT SAVE OCHOA: This is even better as he saves point blank from Silva’s header.

88’ – BRAZIL PENALTY SHOUT: Marcelo takes a tumble under little pressure from Jimenez. Referee not fooled.

90’ – JIMENEZ CLOSE: He arrows a shot for the corner but Cesar palms it away.

KEY STATS

The last time Brazil failed to score in a WC match was against Portugal on 25 June 2010 (0-0).

The last time Brazil did not start the WC with two wins was in 1978 (2 draws).

Brazil last failed to score 11 matches ago, in a friendly against Switzerland on 14 August 2013 (1-0 loss). They had won all 10 matches following this last defeat.

Mexico end Brazil's 10 match winning streak, which was the longest winning streak worldwide.

Mexico keep a clean sheet in consecutive World Cup matches for the first time since 1986 (three in a row). Before today, they had never kept successive clean sheets in World Cup matches outside of Mexico.

Mexico goal keeper Guillermo Ochoa had 6 saves this match, equalling the most by a keeper in one match this tournament (Spain's Iker Casillas and Algeria's Raïs M'Bolhi).

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TALKING POINT

Brazil under pressure? The win against Croatia was far from regulation and they had a refereeing decision to help them. Looked short of a second gear tonight although Cameroon shouldn’t cause too many scares.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Guillermo Ochoa (Brazil): A string of fine saves kept Brazil scoreless. The first of which will surely go down as save of the tournament.

MATCHCAST: FULL COMMENTARY AND PLAYER RATINGS

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PLAYER RATINGS

BRAZIL: Julio Cesar 7, Alves 7, Thiago Silva 6, Luiz 5, Marcelo 6, Paulinho 6, Luis Gustavo 6, Neymar 7, Oscar 6, Ramires 5, Fred 6. Subs: Jô 6, Willian 6, Bernard 7.

MEXICO: Ochoa 9, Rodriguez 7, Marquez 6, Herrera 6, Layun 7, Dos Santos 6, Moreno 6, Guardado 8, Peralta 6, Aguilar 6, Vazquez 6. Subs: Fabian 6, Jimenez 7, Hernandez 6.

THE MATCH IN A TWEET

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