Guillermo Ochoa only lacked his super hero cape in a high flying performance against Brazil in estadio Fortaleza, Tuesday. Ochoa made sure to dampen celebrations for the host, who anxiously sought an important 3 points.
But Mexico was able to hold off the samba festivities, by keeping the host scoreless for the entirety of the 90 minutes.
For El Tri this tie will taste like victory, as it puts El Tri one step closer to escaping its scrappy group A. It was a thrilling affair, even with the deficiency of goals. Brazil came out dominating early in half, but as time progressed El Tri found its rhythm, and took the game to Brazil. Brazil and Mexico shared spells in attack, and Mexico always seemed to be a couple of inches high of goal. On the contrary, Brazil was on target in various occasions, but it was Ochoa who was the defining factor that kept El Tri alive.
A jaw dropping save off a Neymar header is one memory that’s impossible for many El Tri fans to erase, only followed by another point blank effort from Thiago Silva in the second half that seemed a certain goal.
In the closing minutes of the match anxiety was beginning to build for Brazil, who was relying on the counter attack to sneak in a goal. Its probably unfair to say that Mexico deserved more, but given the circumstances El Tri will take this as a victory. El Tri so close to making history and punishing the host now has a great deal of momentum going in to the final fixture.
Overall it was a fine game from El Tri, who at times looked a bit shaky early in the game, giving up possession far too easy. Collectively it was a solid performance from Mexico, who is now in control of it own destiny. A victory, or draw against Croatia will see Mexico into the round of sixteen.
Croatia will be no easy opponent, as it has Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic back in its line up. El Tri will be very keen on the result of Wednesday’s clash between Cameroon and Croatia at 2:30 PST, to see where its stands coming in to the final group game.