Guillermo Ochoa threw up an impenetrable shield around his goal as stubborn Mexico frustrated World Cup hosts Brazil to earn a 0-0 draw on Monday.
Mexico's Guillermo Ochoa (L) deflects the ball during a goal attempt by Brazil's Thiago Silva (top R) during their World Cup Group A match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza. (Reuters Photo)
Ochoa pulled off an incredible diving stop from a Neymar header and a series of other incredible saves, holding up Brazil's march toward qualification from Group A.
The 28-year-old Ochoa, who plays in France for AC Ajaccio, produced the performance of his life at Fortelaza's Castelao Stadium as Mexico held on for a result which leaves them level with Brazil on four points from two games.
Brazil's Paulinho (8) watches as Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa punches the ball clear of the goal during their group A World Cup match at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza. (AP Photo)
While Ochoa deservedly grabbed the headlines, Brazil finished the game relieved to have earned a point.
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Mexico had several late chances to score a shock upset, with Brazil grateful to their own goalkeeper Julio Cesar for keeping the match goalless.
The draw maintained Mexico's impressive recent record against Brazil following their shock victory in the final of the London Olympics football tournament in 2012.
The result leaves Group A finely balanced. Brazil face Cameroon in their final match while Mexico play Croatia.
Brazil's Neymar reacts during their 2014 World Cup Group A match against Mexico at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza. (Reuters Photo)
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90+3 - REFEREE BLOWS THE WHISTLE! Final score : 0-0.
90+1 - Cesar makes his first real save of the day. Jimenez fired it in.
89' - Corner to Mexico. Guardado's shot inches off the goal.
86' - NOTHING GETS PAST OCHOA! Denies Silva a goal after he makes an amazing header of a Neymar free-kick.
85' - Maza fouls Luiz Gustavo. Free kick to Brazil.
83' - Brazil sub : Willian in, Oscar out.
83' - Mexico sub: Dos Santos out, Jimenez.
81'- Free kick for Mexico, 23 metres from the goal. Dos Santos fails to clear the wall.
79' - YELLOW CARD for Brazilian captain Thiago Silva. He brings down Javier Hernandez a few yards away from the box.
76'- Mexico sub: Fabian in, Hererra out.
76' - Jo squanders a chance to score after beating the last line of defence.
73' - Mexico sub: Hernandez in, Peralta out.
72' - Dani Alves floats in a cross. Aguilar intercepts and clears the ball.
69' - Ochoa comes up with a spectacular save third time in the day. Neymar's had fired in a cross from Fred.
68' - Brazil sub : Fred out, Jo in
63' - Neymar steps up to take the free-kick. Shot flies wide.
62' - VAZQUEZ gets a YELLOW CARD!! Neymar on the receiving end again.
58' - YELLOW CARD! For Nicolas Aguilar.
57' - Mexico on the offensive. Herrera shoots one from 20 yards away.
56' - Dos Santos tries his luck. Cesar collects the shot.
54' - Vazquez fires one wide off the goal from outside the box.
53' - Corner for Mexico. Easily cleared.
49' - Bernand showing some serious pace. Cleared away by Rodriguez.
48' - P Aguilar is penalised after committing a foul. Neymar on the receiving end this time around too.
45' - Second half begins. Bernand in, Ramires out (Brazil)
45' - The first half comes to an end. The home team have had 53% of possession compared to the away team's 47%.
45' - YELLOW CARD TO RAMIRES! Referee penalises Ramires for foul on Aguilar.
44' - Neymar crosses in from a free-kick and David Luiz shoots. Ochoa to the rescue again. He collects it with ease.
41' - Aguilar, Guardado and Vazquez trouble the Brazilian defence with aerial crosses.
39' - Marcelo misses the goal with a shot from outside the box
35' - Neymar floats in a corner, Fred heads it towards the goal only to see Ochoa making another fine save.
25' - TERRIFIC SAVE FROM OCHOA! Neymar is picked out at the back post, rising majestically to steer a header towards the near post! Ochoa is at full stretch to palm the ball away, as Brazil go extremely close!
Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa makes a save on a shot by Brazil's Neymar (not seen) during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza (REUTERS photo)
23' - Shot from Perelta goes inches above the crossbar. Peralta makes a dangerous entry into the box, dribbling past the Brazilian defenders.
17' - Maza brings down Neymar. Third time in the game that he's been fouled upon.
Brazil's Neymar (10) is tripped by Mexico's Francisco Rodriguez (AP Photo)
15' - Brazil dominating the game so far.
14' - Fred and Marcelo intercepted in the box by Paulinho. The duo was looking dangerous.
11' - Fred rules offside as he lands a Oscar cross into the back of the net.
8' - David Luiz takes the free-kick but it is blocked.
7' - Giovani dos Santos fouls Neymar
3' - Andres Guardado from Mexico tries to send the ball into the area but his cross is blocked by an opponent.