Fiji Time: 11:48 AM on Saturday 16 December

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Ochoa saves the day

Afp
Thursday, June 19, 2014

FORTALEZA, Brazil - Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has sensationally kept Brazil at bay to earn Mexico a 0-0 draw in World Cup Group A in Fortaleza.

Brazil and Barcelona star Neymar twice came closest to breaking the deadlock in each half but both times was thwarted by point blank saves by man-of-the-match Ochoa.

Yesterday's result pushed both sides a point closer to the last 16 as they now have a four-point lead over fellow Group A rivals Cameroon and Croatia, who meet in Manuas today.

Mexico largely matched Brazil throughout a pulsating match, although the hosts created the more clear-cut openings.

Neymar had the first clear sight of goal on 26 minutes with a header from Dani Alves's pinpoint cross but Ochoa plunged to his right to save one-handed.

A minute from the break a clever chest control by centreback Thiago Silva teed up Paulinho, but Ochoa rushed out to block his close range effort.

Ochoa was the hero again on 69 minutes after Neymar controlled a pass from Bernard on his chest and lashed in a near post shot that the goalkeeper scrambled behind.

Five minutes from the end, Ochoa showed stunning reflexes to parry Thiago Silva's bullet header from just five yards out.

Jose Vazquez, Hector Herrera and Andres Guardado came close for Mexico with thunderous strikes that just missed the target.

But their closest effort came from Raul Jimenez in the last minute as Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar just pushed his goal-bound shot to safety.








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 0.62560.6066
JPY 55.611352.6113
GBP 0.36370.3557
EUR 0.41590.4039
NZD 0.70740.6744
AUD 0.64210.6171
USD 0.49240.4754

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 15th, December, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Ravai tells all
  2. Autopsy details withheld
  3. Call to reunite
  4. New rapid response boat boost
  5. Villagers feel slug ban pinch
  6. Traffic flow improved
  7. Police question house fire survivor
  8. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM
  9. A mother's love
  10. The spirit of Christmas

Top Stories this Week

  1. 'Daylight robbery' Wednesday (13 Dec)
  2. Joy turns into sorrow Friday (15 Dec)
  3. Shattered Tuesday (12 Dec)
  4. Cheika rates Fiji Wednesday (13 Dec)
  5. Qiliho calls to regulate cyber space Sunday (10 Dec)
  6. SOCIAL MEDIA Alleged racist comments inquiry Monday (11 Dec)
  7. Tabuya denial Tuesday (12 Dec)
  8. Kalouniwai: Fiji soldiers not affected Wednesday (13 Dec)
  9. 'Happy' with results Thursday (14 Dec)
  10. Year 13 results out tomorrow Tuesday (12 Dec)