Ochoa shines as Brazil draw

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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.

 

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