Fiji Time: 10:28 PM on Saturday 25 June

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

World Cup 2014: Mexico holds Brazil to a 0-0 tie

AP
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Update: 11:54AM World Cup host and favourite Brazil was held to a 0-0 draw by Mexico on Wednesday morning in an absorbing Group A match in the deafening cauldron of Fortaleza's Castelao arena.

Brazil failed time and again to break down a stubborn defence backed up by inspired goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa but the Mexicans also created several decent chances in another entertaining game.

Paulinho and Neymar came close to finding the back of the net but were thwarted by Ochoa who also parried Thiago Silva's point-blank header in the dying minutes.

"It was a very difficult match," Ochoa told reporters.

"We knew it would be tough for Brazil because they're playing in their country. We knew we would have to be focused 100 per cent for all the 90 minutes."

The draw brought to an end Brazil's 10-match winning streak, dating back to August.

"There was a chance here, a chance there, it was very tight," Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said.

"It wasn't a question of us evolving or not (from the last game). We've been playing this way 20 games, we are up against good teams, we need to understand that.

"It wasn't a good result, a victory would have qualified us. We need to respect other teams."

To make sure of reaching the second round of the tournament both teams need points from their final group games on June 23 when Brazil face Cameroon in Brasilia and Mexico meet Croatia in Recife.

Brazil bossed the match from the outset with Marcelo and Oscar causing mischief down the left and Neymar showing the occasional burst of brilliance in the middle.

Neymar's header from a Dani Alves free kick on 26 minutes forced the first fine save from Ochoa, who beat the ball away at his right hand post as it headed goalwards.

Brazil's best chance of the half came just before the break. Oscar floated a free kick into the box, Thiago Silva chested it down into the path of Paulinho, who just failed to scoop the ball over the keeper from close range.

At the other end, Mexico were restricted to long-range efforts from Miguel Layun, Jose Vasquez and Hector Herrera, none of which seriously troubled Julio Cesar in the Brazilian goal.

This was the first time that Mexico had held Brazil to a draw at a World Cup. Their previous three clashes ended in comprehensive victories for the Brazilians, 5-0, 4-0 and 2-0.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62890.6099
JPY 51.756848.7568
GBP 0.33200.3240
EUR 0.43310.4211
NZD 0.68970.6567
AUD 0.65560.6306
USD 0.49140.4744

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 23rd June 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Resignation threat
  2. Rabuka in
  3. Police probe body parts find
  4. Prasad: Thank you sir
  5. Rabuka presents apology, calls for support
  6. Time to sacrifice for teams to Rio
  7. A-G clarifies $5m allocation
  8. Police: Don't speculate on body parts find
  9. Axed BAF staff to be investigated
  10. Six-year-old latest road accident victim

Top Stories this Week

  1. Miss Fiji joins Fiji Police Force Monday (20 Jun)
  2. From mediocre to a PhD Sunday (19 Jun)
  3. Hayne works on 'God's call' Friday (24 Jun)
  4. For his people Tuesday (21 Jun)
  5. Samisoni, 12, beats all odds Monday (20 Jun)
  6. 3 Flying Fijians and Tuwai march in Tuesday (21 Jun)
  7. 'Big task' Tuesday (21 Jun)
  8. 'Nothing unusual' Tuesday (21 Jun)
  9. 12 families homeless Wednesday (22 Jun)
  10. Police confirm discovery at Natadola beach Friday (24 Jun)