Brazil and Mexico exhibited an action-filled encounter in their FIFA World Cup™ Group A second match, but both teams could not be separated as the match ended in a goalless draw at the Fortaleza Stadium on Tuesday evening. Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa produced a stunning performance to deny the Samba Boys on several occasions. Both sides displayed good feet but a combination of a poor end product and magnificent saves by Ochoa kept the score level.
Although El Tricolor showed glimpses of threatening attacks in the early minutes of the match, Brazil managed to come back and take charge of the game. Julio Cesar was called into action by Hector Herrera’s jarring attempt, marking the first dangerous attempt by the North Americans. In the 25th minute Ochoa made a brilliant save, denying Neymar an opener through a flicked header following a cross by Dani Alves.
Just before the half-time break, the hosts almost grabbed the lead through Paulinho, but Ochoa was well aware to make yet another amazing save. The Selecao tried to change things in the second half with the introduction of Bernard, but Mexico was just as competitive, repeatedly storming Brazil’s defence in search of goals. In the 68th minute Neymar had another fine opportunity to steer his side to the lead, but once again Ochoa produced another remarkable save to keep his side’s hopes alive.
Thiago Silva is another Brazilian whose attempt got swept away by the Mexican goalkeeper in the 85th minute. Silva rose high to get to a corner kick, but Ochoa was close enough to punch the ball from the posts. Both sides took turns with attacks but no luck manifested as the encounter ended in a goalless draw.
Brazil will face Cameroon and Mexico will play Croatia in their last games of the group stages.