Brazil 0-0 Mexico: A diplomatic draw Reviewed by Momizat on . Full-time: Brazil 0-0 Mexico Goals: Match date: June 17, 2014 Stadium: Estádio Castelão Competition: FIFA World Cup 2014 Barcelona line-up: Julio César, Daniel Full-time: Brazil 0-0 Mexico Goals: Match date: June 17, 2014 Stadium: Estádio Castelão Competition: FIFA World Cup 2014 Barcelona line-up: Julio César, Daniel Rating: 0
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Brazil 0-0 Mexico: A diplomatic draw

Brazil 0-0 Mexico: A diplomatic draw

Full-time: Brazil 0-0 Mexico
Goals:
Match date: June 17, 2014
Stadium: Estádio Castelão
Competition: FIFA World Cup 2014
Barcelona line-up: Julio César, Daniel Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo, Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho, Ramires, Óscar, Neymar, Fred.

The two winning sides from this World Cup Group A’s first round of fixtures met this Tuesday at the “Estádio Castelão” in Fortaleza, but Brazil and Mexico couldn’t go beyond a goalless draw after 90 minutes played on an intense level.

Luiz Felipe Scolari introduced only one change to his team since that opening win against Croatia on June 12, as he took off Hulk and sent in Chelsea‘s midfielder Ramires into the starting eleven. The Zenit St. Petersburg forward had a few physical problems in the days ahead of this game and the Brazilian coach decided this was probably a good opportunity to try a slightly different approach in this clash against Mexico. As a result of this change, Óscar moved up on the field while Ramires played his usual role in midfield.

Both teams came in to this match without much pressure on their shoulders, since having won their first games allowed them to go through today’s encounter with a more reactive than pro-active approach. With this in mind, it probably becomes easier to understand the outcome of the game, even though both sides ended up having several good goal-scoring chances, particularly Brazil.

After his stunning World Cup debut just 5 days ago, this time around Neymar was shut out by Mexico‘s defense, in great part thanks to the impressive performance of their goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa. The Mexican goalie ended up being the man of the match, after denying the goal to several Brazilian players throughout critical moments of the game.

Brazil dominated pretty much every statistic parameter in this game, finishing the game with more possession than Mexico (54% vs 46%), more shots (15 vs 13) and more corners (4 vs 3). All this data seems to go in line with many betting tips and insights prior to this game, suggesting that Brazil was the main favorite to take the 3 points. However, the score remained unchanged until the referee’s final whistle and the two teams ended up splitting points and the group’s leadership (Brazil is still on top though, due to a better goal average).

The next match for Neymar and his teammates will be a Brazil vs Cameroon clash, scheduled for June 23. The 2014 FIFA World Cup will continue with its daily action until the end of the group stage fixtures, which will happen on June 26.

Sources: theguardian.com / goal.com

Watch the highlights video from Brazil 0-0 Mexico match:

Brazil and Neymar match photos against Mexico:

Paulinho in Brazil vs Mexico, for the FIFA World Cup 2014

Paulinho in Brazil vs Mexico, for the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar new haircut, view from the back, at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Neymar new haircut, view from the back, at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Neymar crying during Brazil's hymn in the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar crying during Brazil’s hymn in the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar disappointed in the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar disappointed in the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar injured during a game at the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar injured during a game at the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar running away from 2 defenders in the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar running away from 2 defenders in the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar singing the Brazilian hymn, in the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar singing the Brazilian hymn, in the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar racing with the ball glued to his foot, in the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar racing with the ball glued to his foot, in the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar Jr, Brazil's number 10 jersey in the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar Jr, Brazil’s number 10 jersey in the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar vs Mexico in the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar vs Mexico in the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar in the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar in the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar combing his new hair at the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar combing his new hair at the FIFA World Cup 2014

David Luiz getting pumped during Brazil's hymn, in the FIFA World Cup 2014

David Luiz getting pumped during Brazil’s hymn, in the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar getting fouled in Brazil vs Mexico in the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar getting fouled in Brazil vs Mexico in the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar running with the ball in the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar running with the ball in the FIFA World Cup 2014

David Luiz in Brazil vs Mexico, FIFA World Cup 2014

David Luiz in Brazil vs Mexico, FIFA World Cup 2014

Marcelo and Herrera in Brazil vs Mexico in the FIFA World Cup 2014

Marcelo and Herrera in Brazil vs Mexico in the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar changing boots in Brazil vs Mexico, at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Neymar changing boots in Brazil vs Mexico, at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Andrés Guardado in Brazil vs Mexico for the FIFA World Cup 2014

Andrés Guardado in Brazil vs Mexico for the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar challenging for a loose ball, in Brazil 0-0 Mexico, at the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar challenging for a loose ball, in Brazil 0-0 Mexico, at the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar skipping past a defender in Brazil vs Mexico for the FIFA World Cup 2014

Neymar skipping past a defender in Brazil vs Mexico for the FIFA World Cup 2014

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