FORTALEZA – Gp A: Brazil 0, Mexico 0
—- Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa wrote himself into World Cup legend with a marvellously defiant display to deft hosts Brazil a second victory.
Ochoa, who made his name with America and had a spell in French football with Corsican club Ajaccio, achieved the performance of a lifetime as he drew on his all his experience and reflexes to earn Mexico a deserved draw.
The pick of his saves was a first-half effort, when he pushed a close-range drive from Neymar against a post, and a late save from a point-blank header to a left-wing free kick from Brazil captain Thiago Silva.
Brazil top Group A after two games with four points, leading Mexio only on goal difference.
Mexico are one of the few national teams who never fear Brazil and they created chances of their own, notably when Hector Herrera angled a strike narrowly over the bar.
Brazil coach Luis Felipe Scolari had sought to sharpen up his attack and rebalance the team who beat Croatia 3-1 in the Opening Match, by bringing Ramires into midfield in place of Hulf.
However Ramires appeared uncertain of his role and was replaved at half-time by Bernard while Fred, again ineffective up front, was replaced by Jo midway through the second half.