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FORTALEZA, Brazil -- He was called a hero and a saviour by his Mexican teammates. Jason Hammel Jersey . His Brazilian opponents said he produced miracles. There is no doubt that Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was the one responsible for spoiling Brazils hopes of another World Cup victory at its home tournament. Ochoa made a series of outstanding saves to help his side hold Brazil to a thrilling 0-0 draw on Tuesday. The result left both teams with four points each after two games in Group A, but Brazil is ahead on goal difference going into their decisive final matches. Croatia and Cameroon meet on Wednesday for their second games after both opened with defeats. "We cant avoid talking about their goalkeeper," Brazil striker Fred said. "He came up with at least four miracles." Ochoas first remarkable save prevented Neymar from scoring in the 26th minute. The Brazil strikers powerful header looked set to fly just inside the post when the goalkeeper dove to his right to push the ball wide. Ochoa also made three other difficult saves to keep the hosts from breaking the deadlock -- a shot by Paulinho in the 44th, a second-half effort by Neymar from inside the area and a close-range header by Thiago Silva in the 86th minute which produced a remarkable block by the Mexico goalkeeper. "It was the match of my life," said Ochoa, who was visibly moved after the match. "To do it in a World Cup, in front of all the fans, its incredible." Mexico captain Rafael Marquez said Ochoa was the "saviour" and coach Miguel Herrera called him the "hero" of the match. "He did what we expected him to do, he came up with extraordinary saves," Herrera said. "I cant remember another Mexican goalkeeper doing such a great job in the World Cup." A win by either team would have guaranteed a spot in the next round if Cameroon and Croatia were to draw in the jungle city of Manaus. "In the end, the 0-0 mirrors what happened, it was a very hard-fought match," Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said. "The draw wasnt a good result because a victory would have already allowed us to advance, but we need to be able to respect our opponent, which played very well." Herrera was pleased with his sides performance. "We had a great match against a great rival playing in front of its fans, in its stadium, in its country," he said. "We showed that we can play at the same level as any other team." Brazil had won all three previous World Cup matches between the teams without conceding a goal, but the Latin American rivals hadnt met in the sports showcase tournament since 1962. "We already expected a match this difficult," Fred said. "We tried to score until the end but it wasnt possible. Well have to wait until the next match to try to secure a spot in the next round." It was an evenly balanced game at the Arena Castelao, with Mexico not allowing Brazil to take control. El Tri didnt play defensively and created chances throughout the match, especially with long-range shots by midfielders Hector Herrera and Jose Vazquez. Brazil, playing without striker Hulk, turned up the pressure in the second half, but there was no getting past Ochoa. The 28-year-old goalkeeper denied Paulinho just before halftime, blocking the midfielders shot after a loose ball inside the area, and then got his body in the way of Neymars drive inside the box. In the 86th, he was there on cue to block Silvas powerful header from point-blank range. "The only thing missing was the goal," Scolari said. "We need to give credit to their goalkeeper. He had a great day and that kept us from winning the match. He made some spectacular saves, was the best player of the match." Fans wearing Brazils green and yellow colours were the majority as expected, but Mexicans took over large seating sections of the stadium and at times were louder than the local fans. Among those in the crowd of 60,342 was NBA star Kobe Bryant, of the Los Angeles Lakers. Mexico had won six of the last 10 matches, including in the final of the 2012 London Olympics, keeping the Brazilians from earning their first gold medal in football. In their latest match, Brazil won 2-0 in last years Confederations Cup, also in Fortaleza and also in the second match of the group stage. ------ Lineups: Brazil: Julio Cesar, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo, Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho, Oscar (Willian, 84), Ramires (Bernard, 46), Neymar, Fred (Jo, 68). 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The Eagles demolished the Giants 27-0 in a Sunday game truly fit for Thursday. 12) If hes destined to finish the season as the only pitcher in major league baseball whos as good in the playoffs as he was in the previous 162 games, can we please stop calling him Madison BAUMGARTNER? Its BUMGARNER. Or feel free to keep it simple and call him MADBUM. 13) Should an NHL players rookie status be affected by participation in the Stanley Cup playoffs? That argument has existed ever since Ken Dryden was awarded the Calder Trophy a year after receiving the Conn Smythe Trophy as the outstanding playoff performer. Dryden is one of four NHLers to get Stanley Cup rings before winning rookie of the year honours. There could be a fifth this year--Tanner Pearson of the Los Angeles Kings is Calder-eligible because he played to, but not above the limit of 25 regular-season games last season. He also has 25 playoff games to his credit--they dont count, but should they? 14) If the St. Louis Cardinals have another save situation in the NLCS, would you be surprised if the pitcher is Pat Neshek and the catcher is AJ Pierzynski, or the injured Yadier Molina? No, but you should be shocked if the pitcher is Trevor Rosenthal and the catcher is Tony Cruz. A wild pitch isnt the catchers fault, but Cruz shared some of the blame for the wildest of wild pitches that allowed San Frannciscos Matt Duffy to score from second base. Wholesale Royals Jerseys. (I saw that in a kids game once and thought it should never happen there.) 15) Was it okay for Edmonton Eskimos coach Chris Jones to issue a coachs challenge with his team leading the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 37-0? Sure, if it was okay for the replay officials to deny it without bothering to look at the play in question. 16) On the night you want to watch playoff baseball in Kansas City and you find out the game has been postponed by rain, do you find yourself hating Rogers Centre a little less? 17) Not that it means much to be leading the NHL scoring race in the first week, but Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman tops the Art Ross list with seven points, and that does beg the question--How in the world did Sweden not take him to Sochi? 18) Brad Ausmus will return for a second season as manager of the Detroit Tigers. The question is: At spring training, will he be meeting every single member of next seasons bullpen for the first time? 19) Thanks to the Toronto Argos last-minute, one-point (34-33) win over Hamilton, the average margin of victory in the CFLs week 16 was "only" 25 points. Without it--34 points. So how do we feel about the adage that "no lead is safe in the CFL?" Well, despite the Argos heroics, some are, obviously. 20) Its not fair, but I cant resist--after watching Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin do "trick shots", I must ask: When will they score their first goals? (Benn and Seguin were blanked in the Dallas Stars first two games, both losses.) Cheap Diamondbacks Jerseys Cheap Braves Jerseys Cheap Orioles Jerseys Cheap Red Sox Jerseys Cheap Cubs Jerseys Cheap White Sox Jerseys Cheap Reds Jerseys Cheap Indians Jerseys Cheap Rockies Jerseys Cheap Tigers Jerseys Cheap Astros Jerseys Cheap Royals Jerseys Cheap Angels Jerseys Cheap Dodgers Jerseys Cheap Marlins Jerseys ' ' '

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