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Wednesday June 18, 2014

Mexico, Brazil Tie 0-0 at World Cup Match

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 Castel√£o 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.

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