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FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil v/s Mexico: Spirited Mexico hold Brazil to surprising 0-0 draw

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 - 2:22am IST Updated: Wednesday, 18 June 2014 - 2:24am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk
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FULL - TIME Brazil have failed to score for the first time in a game in the group stage in the World Cup since 1978, and Mexico will be extremely happy with the 0-0 result. The goalkeeper Ochoa in particular was the hero for Mexico tonight.

90 + 3' Mexico are now taking their time with just a minute left. This is as good as a victory for the side, holding Brazil at home

90 + 1' Beautiful kick from Jiminez of Mexico, the Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar makes a good save

90 + 1' Three minutes of added time have been provided

90' Marcelo gets a corner, the third of the game, but can't make much of it

88' M Fabian of Mexico concedes a free-kick following a challenge on Willian

87' Mexico have won a free kick. Ochoa has been the hero of the night for Mexico.

86' What a save! Thiago Silva's header is blocked by the Mexican goalie Ochoa again. This time it was pure reflex, as he took the ball on the body in a flash

80' G Dos Santos's shot at the goal is blocked by Brazil's David Luiz

This is Neymar every five minutes in the match:

78' Thiago Silva, the Brazilian captain, gets a yellow card for a shocking challenges on Hernandez

76' M Fabian replaces Herrera for Mexico 

75' A left kick from Jo sees the ball go just wide of the goal on the right, Brazil denied again

74' Another attack by Brazil on the Mexican defence is thwarted by the awesome keeper

73' There is now a wave of Brazilian attacks on the Mexican defence, which is still holding up

70' The corner is punched away by Ochoa

69' Another great save by the Mexican goalkeeper, who denies Neymar again, this time with his chest. Brazil get a corner though

68' Jo replaces Fred for Brazil. Another unconvincing night for Fred

65' Fred is adjudged to be in an offside position....once again

63' The ball is placed by Neymar for a free-kick around 30 yards from goal and he curls it over the wall

62' Vazquez of Mexico concedes a free kick to Neymar following a challenge, and gets a yellow card

59' P Aguilar gets a yellow card

57' Herrera gets a shot at the goal but it just flies over the goal. Heartbreak for Mexico

55' Neymar commits a foul

54' Guardado swings in the corner but is cleared by the Brazilian defence

49' Bernard's cross from the right flank unfortunately meets Rodriguez's header who makes sure the ball ends far away from the goal. Rodriguez was faster to the ball than Neymar, which was lucky for Mexico.

48' P Aguilar of Mexico commits a foul

46' The last time Brazil failed to score in the first half of a World Cup match was against Portugal on 25 June 2010

Mexico get us underway for the second half

HALF-TIME Mexico would be the more pleased team at half-time, holding Brazil to 0-0. Great performance from their keeper Ochoa who made two brilliant saves

45' Ramires gets a yellow card, the first of the match

43' Marcelo whips in another cross from deep on the left, but Rodriguez beats Fred to the header

42' Almost a goal! Brazil's Vazquez stabs towards the goal from the midfield, and its just wide of a diving Ochoa but wide of the goal as well

39' Marcelo's shot at the goal is way off target, but at least he's not scoring own goals tonight

38' M Layun of Mexico kicks the ball high and wide over the goal from the centre

37' Brazil's Ramires has committed a foul

35' A kick from Fred is blocked by the Mexican goalkeeper again

32' Ramires takes on Guardado but Oscar dispossesses him

31' O Peralta commits a foul . He's looking isolated in attack for Mexico

29' Now Ochoa blocks another shot, this is some good football

26' Great header from Neymar is blocked superbly by the Mexican goalkeeper Ochoa. That was a brilliant diving save, one of the best in the World Cup

25' Good save by the Brazilian keeper as a kick from the right flank just flies over the goal, thanks to the touch by Julio Cesar

22' The goalkeepers have had little to do as the contest has mostly been in the midfield

19' STAT: Brazil have scored 26 of their 213 World Cup goals in the first quarter of the match

17' Some skill by Neymar on the left flank, but the kick is blocked by the Mexican defence

Neymar cried during the national anthem!

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13' Dani Alves of Brazil is penalised for committing a foul, but he has avoided a yellow card

11' Fred misses the goal and hits the side netting as the crowd lets out a collective sigh

10' Peralta now scores a foul

8' David Luiz smashes the ball towards the goal from about 40 yards, but Guardado blocks it

7' Brazil have won their last 10 matches in a row, as Neymar bursts through a couple of challengers but goes down

5' M Layun of Mexico commits a foul. Too many fouls early in this match

2' Now Paulinho of Brazil is penalised for a foul

1' Guardado commits a foul

KICK-OFF Brazil kick off and its a false start

The national anthems are over and we are good to begin

Major blow for Brazil as Hulk will not be playing today due to an injury

The Brazilian goalkeepers are out in the middle and are getting great applause from the home crowd

Mexico have only beaten South American opposition once before in the World Cup - Ecuador in 2002.

The team lineups are out:

Brazil play Mexico next in the 16th match of the FIFA World Cup 2014. The match begins at 12:30 am IST.

The match between Brazil and Mexico will surely be the one to watch. The last time these two teams met each other in a major tournament, it was the 2012 Olympics final, where Brazil lost 2-1 to Mexico. It was disappointing for Brazil as the Olympic football tournament is the only international competition in football organized by FIFA that Brazil has never won. To read the entire match preview, click here

Being the hosts of the FIFA World Cup, Brazil are expected to lift their record 6th FIFA World Cup in front of the home crowd. They have already beaten Croatia 3-1 in a match where the only game credited to Croatia was an own goal by Brazil's Marcelo. For the entire team profile, click here

Once the giant of the CONCACAF zone, Mexico had to settle for fourth place in the final group of six and squeezed into the World Cup finals through the play offs. They proceeded to smash New Zealand out of the way 5-1 in Wellington and 4-2 at home under the guidance of a new coach, Miguel "Piojo" (the flea) Herrera, their fourth coach of the qualifying campaign. Herrera went into the play off building his side around players he knew well such as veteran defender Rafael Marquez. Mexico earned a facile 1-0 win over Cameroon in their first match, and will be looking to at least draw against Brazil to keep up their chances of reaching the Round of 16. For the entire Mexico team profile, click here




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