BRAZIL 0 – 0 MEXICO

The hosts had played quite well in their first game (despite scoring an own goal in that game) but in the game against Mexico, they really failed to show the same tenacity and style and their so called “star” players were not on form as Mexico seemed to overwhelm them and cancel out most runs and attacks that the Brazilians had.

A large amount of credit for keeping a clean sheet should be credited to Ochoa, the Mexican goalkeeper. He denied players including Fred and Neymar goals as he showed his class for his country. Despite his attacking teammates not being able to turn not conceding into an advantage and taking a victory by scoring a goal of their own, he would fully earn “man of the match” in my opinion.

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These teams had been expected to be some of the highest scoring competitors in the World Cup, but end to end football produced nothing more than lots of tackles by defense to stop the attacks and great saves from both goalkeepers to deny goals.

Cesar denies the Mexicans a goal

Cesar denies the Mexicans a goal

The second goalless draw of the tournament would be less boring than the Iran V Nigeria game but just as frustrating for the fans who want to see some spectacular football and goals by the hosts.

KEY PLAYERS: Neymar had his chances but was not playing as well as he did in the Croatia game. I hope he returns to top form for the last group game of the tournament. If Brazil qualify from their group, they will need him to show his best performances in the knockout stages. This game would have gone to extra time and penalties if it had been a part of the knockout rounds. Neymar should be helping his country win inside of the first 90 minutes.

Ochoa was by far the best Mexican player in their team, showing his goalkeeping skills to the world, keeping out goals from Brazilian players who are considered to be WORLD CLASS.

 

Ochoa did not let the Brazilians score for the entire game.

Ochoa did not let the Brazilians score for the entire game.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

Stuart Drewery

I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.

I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.

 

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