Ochoa shines as Brazil draw



Home favourites Brazil were held to a goalless draw by
less-fancied rivals Mexico in their second group stage encounter on
Tuesday evening.


Despite the wealth of attacking stars on the field, it was Mexico’s
goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa who stole the limelight, pulling off a number
of fine saves to keep the Selecao attack at bay.

After a fairly even start, Ochoa was called to action in the 25th minute, standing firm in the Mexican goal to deny a goal-bound Neymar effort from a Dani Alves cross.

A cagey remainder of the half was soon forgotten at the start of the
second period as Mexico enjoyed a good spell of possession, yet were
reduced to strikes from range which failed to trouble Julio Cesar in
goal.

At the other end, Ochoa was in fine form, denying Neymar on two
occasions in quick succession as he single-handedly kept his side in the
game.

Try as they might, and to the increased frustration of the home
crowd, the Selecao’s star-studded attack could not find the back of
Ochoa’s net as the game ended in an entertaining 0-0 draw, as man of the
match Ochoa prevented Brazil from scoring for the first time in the
group stages since 1978.

Both Mexico and Brazil now top Group A with four points after their first two games.

HOME: Brazil

  • 12 Julio Cesar
  • 2 Daniel Alves
  • 3 Thiago Silva
  • 4 David Luiz
  • 6 Marcelo
  • 8 Paulinho
  • 11 Oscar

    83 mins – Willian

  • 16 Ramires

    45 mins – Bernard

  • 17 Luiz Gustavo
  • 9 Fred

    67 mins – Jo

  • 10 Neymar

AWAY: Mexico

  • 13 Guillermo Ochoa
  • 2 Francisco Rodriguez
  • 4 Rafael Márquez
  • 7 Miguel Layun
  • 15 Hector Moreno
  • 18 Andres Guardado
  • 22 Paul Aguilar
  • 6 Hector Herrera

    76 mins – Marco Fabian

  • 23 Jose Juan Vazquez
  • 10 Giovani dos Santos

    83 mins – Raul Jimenez

  • 19 Oribe Peralta

    73 mins – Javier Hernandez


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