Brazil 0 – 0 Mexico

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Updated: June 17, 2014

Brazil’s wait for entering the last 16 of the world cup will have to be a little bit longer after the favourites were held to a goalless draw with Mexico.

A year ago this week Brazil and Mexico had a Confederations Cup meeting in the group stages that had ended with the team in yellow win by two goals to nil in Fortaleza.

12 months later the game would be recalled at the same venue and group stage but a step higher playing for the world cup.

As expected before kick-off the pin up boy, Neymar, was expected to impress the spectators just as good as the performance in their 3-1 opening win over Croatia.

Halfway through the first half a delivery into the Mexico penalty area by Dani Alves was headed by Neymar only to be fantastically denied by goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa.

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Ochoa using all his strength to keep the ball out

A couple of minutes before the interval Neymar’s free kick delivery was cleverly flicked on by the team’s skipper, Thiago Alves, to Tottenham’s Paulinho only to be saved by Ochoa.

Neymar’s night got even more frustrating 24 minutes after halftime when the team’s top goalscorer performed a volley close at goal but to be kept out by the usual suspect.

It said it all about the Mexican goalkeeper’s display when Silva’s free header was blocked on the line with just minutes left on the board.

The Mexicans had a handful of chances to upset the odds with the best chance coming from a deadly drive from Raul Jimenez punched away by Julio Cesar in the dying moments.

Justice was given against the home side when Marcelo fell down in the opponent’s 12 yard box with hardly any contact from Jimenez.

The goalless draw keeps the two sides joint top of group A with just one game remaining to proceed to the last 16.

Brazil are now 39 games unbeaten on home soil, their last defeat in front of the home crowd in Fortaleza over 12 years ago.

 

Jamie’s Thoughts 

“If Brazil want to go on and win this world cup on home soil then they need to completely forget their clash with Mexico. A goalless draw must be one of the last scorelines the spectators would have put their money on for this match when you have a team like Brazil that have the whole stadium behind them and the quality of forwards they have. At this rate if Brazil keep continuing this performance they will not go all the way.

Mexico have always seem to get good results against the Brazilians, it’s a big rivalry between the two in the last few decades. Mexico’s biggest upset was winning the gold medal in the London 2012 Olympics against Brazil at Wembley stadium. Herrera will be very proud of his team’s performance.”

 

Jamie’s Man of the Match

13. GK Guillermo Ochoa – Mexico

Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa of Mexico celebrates with Javier Aquino

 

 

Brazil’s next game

Monday 23rd June

Cameroon v Brazil 

Mexico’s next game

Monday 23rd June

Croatia v Mexico

 

LINE-UPS

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

 

SUBSTITUTES: 01 Jefferson, 05 Fernandinho, 07 Hulk, 13 Dante, 14 Maxwell, 15 Henrique, 18 Hernanes, 19 Willian, 20 Bernard, 21 Jô, 22 Victor, 23 Maicon.

 


 

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

 

SUBSTITUTES: 01 Corona, 03 Salcido, 05 Reyes, 08 Fabián, 09 Jiménez, 11 Pulido, 12 Talavera, 14 Hernández, 16 Ponce, 17 Brizuela, 20 Aquino, 21 Peña.


 

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