Luiz Felipe Scolari’s team was again not in their best form as they battled the match at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. Brazil’s game was quite unconvincing as Mexico managed to hold the team towards a goalless draw. A notable performance during this match was that of Mexican goalkeeper Ochoa.
Attempts at goals were made by Neymar and Thiago Silva but these were unfortunately denied by Ochoa. Mexico persevered putting to test home keeper Julio Cesar and through Raul Jiminez acting as substitute and missing a goal by close during the second half.
The present results, however, would provide both team with the possibility of leading the Group A. Brazil would be facing Cameroon next in Brasilia for the final Group A match and they need only 1 point to see that through.
One thing’s for sure, it’s that this particular match has shown that Brazil is overly relying on Neymar’s and Oscar’s talents. Fred on the other hand was not able to appease critics displaying a mildness in his attacks. Luiz Gustavo and Paulinho on their part have shown very little imagination in midfield.
This is certainly not the first time that Brazil has faced such difficulties against Mexico. Mexico has indeed beaten them quite a lot during the 21st century. Brazil could consider themselves lucky that this match finished with a draw.
However, Brazil could rise to be a powerful contender. Afterall, in the past only two of their World Cup games had been goalless. Brazil had also won all of their last 3 World Cup matches against Mexico by a staggering 11 goals. We might be in for a surprise from Brazil.