Guillermo Ochoa shines as Mexico hold out for a deserved draw against Brazil

Date: June 17, 2014

Result: Brazil 0-0 Mexico

Venue: Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza

Attendance: 60,342

 

Match overview: Brazil hold the record for most red cards at the World Cup, with 11. Mexico have lost 24 matches at the World Cup finals – more than any nation in the history of the tournament.

Key moment: Any number of Ochoa saves were key to Mexico earning a point, but the one from Neymar in the first half, which elicited comparisons with Gordon Banks’ famous save from Pele in 1970, was the pick of the bunch.

Man of the match: Guillermo Ochoa. Mexico defended well throughout the team, but when their rearguard was broached, the keeper was on hand to make several stunning stops. Ochoa is currently a free agent – but for how long?

Matter of fact:  Two of the last 3 times Brazil have failed to find the back of the net were games against Mexico.

Talking point: Brazil were unconvincing once again, though this time they did not enjoy the good fortune of having a favourable referee to help them out when things weren’t going their way. They lack a focal point up front and Fred, who appears to be wandering aimlessly through matches, is becoming a liability.

 

Stats:

Goal attempts

  • Brazil 14
  • Mexico 13

On target

  • Brazil 8
  • Mexico 3

Corners

  • Brazil 5
  • Mexico 3

 

Line-ups:

Brazil:

  • 12 Julio César
  • 02 Dani Alves
  • 06 Marcelo
  • 17 Luiz Gustavo
  • 03 Thiago Silva
  • 04 David Luiz
  • 16 Ramires (Bernard – 45′ )
  • 08 Paulinho
  • 09 Fred (Jô – 68′ )
  • 10 Neymar
  • 11 Oscar (Willian – 84′ )

Mexico:

  • 13 Ochoa
  • 22 Aguilar
  • 07 Layún
  • 15 Moreno
  • 04 Márquez
  • 02 Rodríguez
  • 06 Herrera (Fabián – 76′ )
  • 23 Vázquez
  • 10 dos Santos (Jiménez – 84′ )
  • 19 Peralta (Hernández – 74′ )
  • 18 Guardado

 

Yellow cards:

Brazil:

  • Ramires 45, Thiago Silva 79

Mexico:

  • Aguilar 59, Vázquez 62

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)