Mexican keeper hands Brazil draw

June 17, 2014 at 11:08 pm
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil, Brazil News, Mexico, Mexico News, News, Popular

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 17: Guillermo Ochoa of Mexico makes a save after a header by Thiago Silva of Brazil (R) during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Mexico at Castelao on June 17, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 17: Guillermo Ochoa of Mexico makes a save after a header by Thiago Silva of Brazil (R) during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Mexico at Castelao on June 17, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Hosts Brazil played their second game of the tournament against North American side Mexico at a packed Estadio Castelao filled by buoyant home support, but the home crowd was kept on their seats after fine saves by the Mexican keeper denied Brazil a goal.

The early action in the game was quick and high paced with both sides showing their intentions of going forward. The Mexicans frustrated Brazil by closing down the spaces and not allowing them to play a free-flowing game.

Brazilian star player Neymar was a handful for the Mexican defence throughout the half, though at times he seemed to be trying too much to carry the weight of the team.

Mexican coach Miguel Herrera must have told his players to attempt shots from range, as his players kept on testing Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar from distance. Forward players like Oribe Peralta and Giovani Dos Santos didn’t bother the Brazilian defence by running at them as expected.

The best chance of the half for Brazil came through Neymar as he out-jumped veteran defender and Mexican captain Rafael Marquez to force a fine save from keeper Guillermo Ochoa. The half ended with the home team possessing 53 percent of possession.

Ochoa made a nuisance of himself throughout the game as he carried on making spectacularly ridiculous saves even after Mexico’s defence had been beaten by the blistering Brazilian attack. Even a close header by captain Silva before the end of the game couldn’t give Brazil their elusive goal, handing them a 0-0 draw with Mexico.

Bonginkosi Tiwane


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