Ochoa: How Mexico's great wall restricted Brazil
Guillermo Ochoa. Remember this name because you will hear it for some time to come. The Mexico goalkeeper turned an overnight sensation after throwing up an impenetrable shield around his post against Brazil. Wonder goalie Ochoa leaves Brazil frustrated with 0-0 drawindia Updated: Jun 18, 2014 17:14 IST
"The flying Mexican" (Reuters Photo)
"The great wall of Mexico" (AFP Photo)
Basketball hero Kobe Bryant hailed "OCHOA!! Incredible" in a tweet within minutes of the game ending. Ochoa's Wikipedia page was hacked to hail him as “the Mexican Jesus after his performance against Brazil”.
Ochoa did a lap of honour around the Fortaleza Castelao Stadium after one of the great World Cup goalkeeping performances.
He remained poised in his moment of glory. "I believe this was the best match of my life because this was a World Cup game and this is very important," Ochoa said.
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"We have to move on, celebrate with my teammates and my family, but move on because the path is still long.
“Thank God I made those saves and now it's time to keep on working."
Ochoa is the most capped of the three Mexican keepers chosen for this World Cup.
He is finding his place in the sun after heartbreak in 2010. He was expected to be first choice at 2010 World Cup in South Africa before then-coach Javier Aguirre opted for veteran Oscar Perez.
"Steeliegoalie" (AFP Photo)
Ochoa won a league title with Mexico City side America in 2005 before moving to France in 2011.
A very proud Mexico coach Miguel Herrera put things in perspective after the match. "In my memory, I can’t remember a goalkeeper performing like that in a World Cup."
"I don't know whether I can think of another goalkeeper in memory... someone who has done what Memo did today," Herrera told a news conference.
"Memo today had high-level saves, gave the certainty to the team that we needed and gave confidence that we're well covered."
"You shall not pass" (Reuters Photo)
Ochoa came in for praise from Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. "I didn't like the Mexican goalie," Big Phil joked to reporters. "He did very well, he was spectacular. The defences he did were spectacular. Calm, tranquil, he knows how to play, is well positioned.
"I think he really was the best player in the match and Mexico has a very good quality team."