Mexico defused the high-powered Brazilian offense in Fortaleza Tuesday in a scoreless draw that left “El Tri” level with the host nation in World Cup Group A.
Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa had a pair of key saves, stonewalling Neymar in the first half and blocking a potent header from Thiago Silva with 5 minutes left in regulation.
At the other end of the pitch, Brazil’s Julio Cesar deflected a shot in stoppage time by Raul Jimenez that could have given Mexico an upset victory.
Five-time champion Brazil, looking less sharp than in their opening win against Croatia, came up against a tough, defensively sound Mexican side in front of more than 60,000 spectators at Castelão in the northeastern coastal city of Fortaleza.
The outcome leaves Brazil and Mexico tied atop Group A with four points each.
Mexico, who beat Cameroon in their first match, face Croatia next Monday in Recife. Brazil hosts the Cameroonians in Brasilia the same day.