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    Brazil - Mexico 0:0

    Date Venue / Stadium Time Attendance
    17 June 2014 Fortaleza /Estadio Castelao 16:00 60342

    Match Officials

    FIFA General Coordinator
    WANGEL Lennart (FIN)
    Did not play in Match
    MAGNUSSON Eggert (ISL)
    Fifth Official
    HAGLUND Kim (NOR)
    Referee
    CAKIR Cuneyt (TUR)
    Assistant Referee 1
    DURAN Bahattin (TUR)
    Assistant Referee 2
    ONGUN Tarik (TUR)
    Fourth Official
    MOEN Svein Oddvar (NOR)


    Brazil

    Mexico
    12
    JULIO CESAR (GK)
    13
    G OCHOA (GK)
    2
    DANI ALVES
    2
    F RODRIGUEZ
    3
    T SILVA (C)
    4
    R MARQUEZ (C)
    4
    DAVID LUIZ
    6
    H HERRERA (-76')
    6
    MARCELO
    7
    M LAYUN
    8
    PAULINHO
    10
    G DOS SANTOS (-84')
    9
    FRED (-68')
    15
    H MORENO
    10
    NEYMAR JR
    18
    A GUARDADO
    11
    OSCAR (-84')
    19
    O PERALTA (-74')
    16
    RAMIRES (-46' HT)
    22
    P AGUILAR
    17
    L GUSTAVO
    23
    J VAZQUEZ
    Substitutes Substitutes
    1
    JEFFERSON (GK)
    1
    J CORONA (GK)
    22
    VICTOR (GK)
    12
    A TALAVERA (GK)
    5
    FERNANDINHO
    3
    C SALCIDO
    7
    HULK
    5
    D REYES
    13
    DANTE
    8
    M FABIAN (+76')
    14
    MAXWELL
    9
    R JIMENEZ (+84')
    15
    HENRIQUE
    11
    A PULIDO
    18
    HERNANES
    14
    J HERNANDEZ (+74')
    19
    WILLIAN (+84')
    16
    M PONCE
    20
    BERNARD (+46' HT)
    17
    I BRIZUELA
    21
    JÔ (+68')
    20
    J AQUINO
    23
    MAICON
    21
    C PEŃA
    Coach Coach
    SCOLARI Luiz Felipe (BRA) HERRERA Miguel (MEX)

    Cautions

    RAMIRES (BRA) 45' , Paul AGUILAR (MEX) 59' , Jose VAZQUEZ (MEX) 62' , Thiago SILVA (BRA) 79'

    a.e.t.: After extra time (C): Captain PSO: Penalty Shoot-out
    GK: Goalkeeper N: Not eligible to play I: Injured
    Y: Misses next match if booked Pos: Positions A: Absent

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    Ochoa excels as Mexico hold Brazil

    Mexico, who suffered through a disastrous qualifying campaign in the CONCACAF zone, were inspired against Brazil in Fortaleza and earned a 0-0 draw against the much-fancied hosts. The Estadio Castelao crowd was treated to one of the most entertaining goalless draws in FIFA World Cup™ history as Mexican goalkeeper Memo Ochoa put in a performance for the ages.The hosts’ first game in Fortaleza began at a high tempo, the frenzied action on the pitch matching the atmosphere and passion up in the stands. The game swayed from one end to the other in the early going as the Mexicans and Brazilians traded half-chances.

    Mexico, hoping for a repeat of the Olympic final in Wembley Stadium two years ago, raised their game, bolstered by an opening-day win over Cameroon. The Brazilians were missing bulky striker Hulk, who pulled out of training yesterday with a muscle strain. The best chance of an enthralling opening period came from the sizzling Neymar. The fan favourite and two-goal hero against Croatia rose well at the back post to meet an inch-perfect cross from Barcelona team-mate Dani Alves. The young maestro leaped over Mexican icon and captain Rafa Marquez and sent his powerful header screaming toward goal, only to be denied by Ochoa. The Mexican keeper sprawled acrobatically to deny the effort after 26 minutes.

    El Tri created few clear chances on goal in the opening period, but flying right-back Miguel Layun got forward up the left, pressing Dani Alves back toward his own goal whenever possible. Giovani dos Santos was a threat in the withdrawn forward’s role and Andres Guardado added a bit of pace and guile. Jose Juan Vazquez had a chance for Mexico from distance near the end, but the his right-footed effort curled just wide of Julio Cesar’s goal. Paulinho had one more chance for Brazil as well, but he was denied from close-range again by Ochoa as the high-octane half ended scoreless.

    The second-half saw the pace pick up even more. Three minutes in, substitute Bernard crossed for Neymar on the counter-attack, only for a timely intervention to stab the ball away for a corner-kick. The Mexicans responded with a pair of long-distance efforts that flew over Julio Cesar’s goal. Midway through the half, Neymar was again denied by the spring-loaded Mexican keeper. The Brazilian ace brought down a cross from the left and hammered a half-volley at goal, only for Ochoa – currently without a club – to fly to his left and push away the effort. It was turning into a historic performance for the Mexican, who was left out in the cold for large swaths of the qualifying campaign, and his reflex save from Thiago Silva in the dying moments was the pick of the bunch. The bushy-haired custodian was rightly swamped by his team-mates at the final whistle.

    Brazil, now on four points after two games, take on Cameroon in their third and final group game on 23 June in Brasilia while Mexico, tangled with the hosts on four points, face Croatia on the northern coast in Recife.

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    Brazil-Mexico: Quotes

    Luiz Felipe Scolari, Brazil coach
    A 0-0 is never a good result but it reflects how evenly contested this game was. This Seleçăo continues to evolve, keeping the same system for the last 20 games. The team’s doing well. People have to be aware that we’re coming up against good-quality teams. Being on top of the group doesn’t make this a good result, because we’d have qualified with a win, but we have to show respect for our opponents – who are a very good side.

    Miguel Herrera, Mexico coach
    We [the coaching staff] had a plan, but the credit must go to the players, who played a great game. We picked up a point but we’ve not achieved anything solid just yet. We’re in the group and battling it out for a place [in the next round], even with Brazil. We’ve still got another group game to play and, like always, we’ll be going all out for the win. I told the lads that they did an excellent job today, but we’ve still got to give everything to try and qualify. I think this is a valuable result due to the commitment and hard work the players put in, and based on the objective we have in mind. That’s the taste that lingers from the match. We didn’t win, but our opponents played an excellent game too. For 25 minutes we kept the ball away from Brazil, but unfortunately we weren’t able to grab a goal. We’re ready to compete with anybody. There’s a still a lot to do.

    Guillermo Ochoa, Mexico goalkeeper and Budweiser Man of the Match
    This is special, it’s for my family. They’re the ones who are there for me in the good times and the bad. Of course it was worth the wait [to play in a FIFA World Cup]. I never doubted my ability.

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