Brazil and Mexico produced a pulsating, end-to-end encounter in a raucous atmosphere for their Group A clash, but the teams could not be separated despite both sides throwing everything at their opponents.
It was another suggestion that this Brazil side is not quite at the level many have expected, and will have to improve drastically and quickly as the tournament progresses. For Mexico, this was a sublime performance, far better than their opening game, and one which will give them an excellent chance of making it into the knockout stages.
The game got off to a start that would define the rest of the game as both sides looked to attack and attempted to break quickly and in numbers.
The first chance of the game looked to fall to Fred after Oscar continued his fine form to set up the big striker with a sublime pass, but after only finding the side netting with his left foot, he was revealed to be offside. Brazil were on top, but Mexico began to grow into the game, and Julio Cesar was called into action to produce an excellent save from Hector Herrera’s rasping 25-yard drive.
Neymar came the closest in the first half, getting up well to flick on Dani Alves’ cross into the far corner, but with the entire stadium leaping to its feet, Guillermo Ochoa pulled off a mind-boggling save, leaping to his right to claw the ball off the line and away one-handed.
A José Vazquez drive that whistled narrowly wide was as close as Mexico could get in the first period afterwards, and Ochoa was called into action again after Thiago Silva flicked on a set-piece for David Luiz, only for the Mexican goalkeeper to rush out and deny the Chelsea defender with a heroic block.
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