FIFA World Cup 2014: Brazil vs Mexico - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Dattaraj Thaly
Brazil were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Mexico, largely thanks to the heroics of their goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. The Mexicans defended resolutely and did not give Neymar and co. too many chances. Guillermo Ochoa was deservedly adjudged the man of the match.
FULL TIME: Brazil 0-0 Mexico
90+2' - Jimenez finds space on the right and drives a low shot. Cesar makes a smart save.
THREE MINUTES OF ADDED ON TIME!
90' - Guardado takes a corner and the clearance comes straight back to him. He cuts inside and tries to curl one over into the top right of the goal. He can't get the ball to bend in time.
88' - Brazil are looking out of ideas here. The crowd is frustrated.
86' - INCREDIBLE SAVE! Neymar's delivery is met by a header from Silva. Ochoa saves again from close range. Great positioning by the keeper.
85' - Gustavo fouled by two Mexico defenders on Brazil's left. Free-kick that will be curled in by Neymar.
83' - Dos Santos comes off for Mexico for Jimenez for Mexico. Oscar is replaced by Willian.
81' - Dos Santos wasted that opportunity by smashing it into the wall.
79' - Thiago Silva clatters into Hernandez from the back. He is booked. Free-kick in a dangerous area for Mexico.
78' - Cross come in for Javier Hernandez. He beat Luiz to the header but does not managed to get power or direction on it.
76' - CHANCE! Bernard threads a lovely ball through for Jo. He is behind Mexico's defense but he drags is shot across the Mexico goal. Poor execution.
73' - Don't be surprised if Mexico score one here. They look dangerous when on the attack.
72' - Wonderful move by Brazil that released Alves on the right with acres of space. His cross for Paulino in the middle is not accurate.
69' - Neymar is denied by Ochoa again. How do you beat this guy? Neymar controlled the ball with his chest and volleyed the ball with his right foot. The Mexican saves using his thigh and a part of his arm.
68' - Substitution number 2 for Brazil. Fred comes off for Jo.
66' - Guardado involved in a physical battle for the ball with Silva. He eventually fouls the Brazil captain.
65' - Neymar has the ball again. He drives at the Mexicans. They force him wide. He releases Marcelo who after a quick turn puts a dangerous ball in the box. Nobody there.
Ochoa has Neymar's shot covered. The ball whizzes past the side netting.
63' - Neymar stand over a free-kick in a dangerous area. The country expects.
60' - Wonderful move by Mexico involving 4 players. But no end product again as Guardado's left footer is off target.
59' - Aguilar gets a yellow card for clattering into Oscar from the back.
57' - Another Mexican attack. Herrera fires a left footer. Not on target again.
56' - Giovanni cuts in from the right flank and takes a shot with his left foot. Easy collection for Cesar.
55' - Now Vazquez lets one rip with his left foot. The shot sails over the cross bar.
54' - Thiago Silva deflects a shot for a corner. Many long distance attempts by the Mexicans today. Wonder if they suspect Cesar's ball collection ability.
52' - Neymar comes deep to pick up the ball. Rodriguez sticks close to him and and dispossesses the Brazilian. Superb piece of defending.
49' - Neymar takes a short corner and the ball is played to Oscar who has a go from outside the box. His shot is way off target.
49' - Bernard who has come on for Ramires immediately shows his pace as he explodes down the right and crosses for Neymar but the defender clear it for a corner.
48' - Neymar receives the ball near the half way mark and is immediately fouled by his marker. They are sticking very close to him.
LA Lakers' Kobe Bryant is in the house as well. The Black Mamba takes his seat for the second half.
46' - Here we go...
Players are coming out for the second half. Seems like Brazil have made a substitution. Bernard seems to be coming out with the team.
Two wonderful saves by Ochoa have kept Brazil at bay. Neymar looks the most likely to score for Brazil but they have not been able to create too many chances. Mexico have defended resolutely and looked dangerous when they had the ball. If they continue to put in the same effort in the second half, Brazil could have problems here.
HALF TIME: Brazil 0 - 0 Mexico
TWO MINUTES ADDED ON!
45' - Yellow card for Ramires for a rash tackle.
44' - CHANCE! Ochoa denies Brazil again. What a reflex save. Neymar's free-kick is flicked on by Silva with his chest. Luiz and Paulino both reach the ball with no Mexico players. Paulino pokes at it in a hurry and Ochoa comes out quickly to save.
42' - Dani Alves tries to go past two Mexico players near the center circle. He gets fouled in the process. That was risky from Alves as it could have opened up for Mexico.
40' - Vazquez fires in a shot from outside the box. Julio Cesar makes a full length dive. But the effort is just wide.
38' - Marcelo lets a low drive off his left foot from way out. No problems for Ochoa. The tension inside the stadium is palpable.
35' - Neymar takes another corner. Fred meets it with his head. He didn't get any power behind the ball. Goalie collects with ease.
34' - Corner by Neymar. Header clear for another corner.
32' - Neymar makes a long sprint with the ball taking on every Mexican coming in his way. The ball ricochets off a few legs and lobs to the keeper.
30' - Again. Brazil are not able to keep hold of the ball for too long. The Mexicans are fighting for every ball.
28' - Oscar tries his luck from outside the box. The effort is weak and is easily collected by the keeper.
27' - The fans are now urging the Brazilian players to attack. They want some goals!
26' - Neymar with a bullet header off a cross. Spectacular save by the Mexico keeper. Neymar almost scored there. Save of the tournament!
22' - Peralta with some wonderful trickery in the box. He managed to twist and turn Silva and Marcelo. But he didn't have too many options there. The attack peters out.
20' - Nothing concrete from the Brazilians so far. They are yet to create a chance or test the goalkeeper. The ball is moving in the middle for far too long.
18' - Gustavo tries his luck from way out. Doubt it whether even Neymar would have a go from just beyond the center circle. Such has been the defending by Mexicans.
16' - Brazil pass the ball around and move it forward. No way through. Mexico are doing a fine job of breaking down play.
14' - So far, Mexico are playing with a pattern. They are swarming around the Brazilians when they try to pass it around making it difficult for the Selecao.
12' - Alves plays a neat one-two on the right flank of Brazil. He is quickly dispossessed by the Mexican defender and the Barca defender lunges at him in frustration.
11' - Oscar beats his man on the ride and puts in a cross from the outside of his foot. Fred makes contact with the ball and hits the side netting. But he was ruled off-side already.
9' - Brazil finally get hold of the ball and pass it around. Oscar puts in a long diagonal ball for Dani Alves who loses the chase as the ball goes out of play.
6' - Neymar picks up the ball and runs at two Mexican defenders who foul him after he motors ahead.
5' - Oscar threads a ball through to Ramires on the right, who fires in a cross that is easily cleared by Mexico.
4' - Mexico have not been overawed by the occasion. They are passing quickly and closing down Brazil effectively so far.
3' - First corner of the match to Mexico. Cross came in from Brazil's left and Silva headed it clear.
2' - Vazquez catches Neymar late right at the center circle.
1' - Brazil in their yellow and blue get us started. Here we go..
Mexico are in a huddle. The Brazil players take their positions straightaway.
The captains exchange handshakes and players have taken their positions. Time to get down to business.
Neymar is clearly feeling the emotion. He is misty eyed.
Time for the national anthems. First up Mexico. Now Brazil. The entire stadium joins in. Incredible!
The Brazil fans have turned up the volume inside the stadium. Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza is rocking!
The NO HULK for Brazil!
We have the line-ups for the match:
Brazil: Julio Cesar; Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo; Gustavo, Paulinho, Ramires, Oscar, Neymar, Fred
Mexico: Ochoa, Rodriguez, Marquez, Moreno, Layun, Aguilar, Herrera, Vazquez, Guardado, Peralta, Dos Santos
Welcome to our coverage of the big match today. In a Group A clash, hosts and hot favorites Brazil take on Mexico at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza.
The biggest news in the build up to this match has been the injury to Hulk. The powerful forward withdrew from the team training two days before. Brazil coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari has kept everyone guessing with regards to the fitness of the Zenith St Petersburg striker. If Hulk misses out, Ramires is expected to take his place in the starting line-up.
As both teams have won their first match, a win for either side would guarantee them a place in the next round if the other two teams in the group play out a draw. if Neymar gets a yellow card, he will miss Brazil`s last group game.
Mexico are a disciplined side and won`t be fazed by the big occasion. They have beaten Brazil many times before including in the 2012 London Olympics final. They will look to crowd out the midfield and catch the home side on the counter.