Brazil 0 Mexico 0: World Cup 2014 – live!

By Updated at 2014-06-18 05:09:34 +0000

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FULL TIME: Brazil 0 Mexico 0

Mexico earn a great point. Their defence and goalkeeper were solid all night and if they had a more physical centre-forward they could have caused Brazil more problems than they did. As it was, their attempts came from distance. Brazil will need to play much better than this to win this tournament. They seem naive when they attack. And their movement forwards seems to be born of waves of emotion rather than cool-headed tactics carried out by schooled professionals. Maybe that's the pressure. But they need to relax a bit and try to find a way of controlling the midfield area better then they did tonight.

90+3 min: Mexico's defence has been expertly stewarded by the wonderful 35-year old captain Marquez. They haven't panicked whenever Brazil have turned up the heat and repel another attack before the referee brings an entertaining second half to a close.

90+1 min: Three more minutes of this.

89 min: Neymar tries to run through three players and ends up seeing the space squeezed to nothing as three players converge. Mexico clear and Hernandez finds himself on space on the edge of the area. He cocks his leg and fires low and hard across Cesar, who parries the ball to safely, just. My, my!

88 min: Mexico crash a shot narrowly over at the other end. This is just one charge one way followed by another the other way.

87 min: Marcelo flings himself to the ground in the box under the lightest of contact from Jimenez. He had a run on goal but fancied winning a penalty instead. The referee, rightly, waves his protests away.

85 min: A brilliant reaction save from Ochoa, who has been a rock for Mexico. It followed a meltdown from Rodrigues in the left corner who only had to shepherd Gustavo, hardly the most dangerous of players upfield, away from goal. Instead he barges through the back of him like a articulated lorry and concedes a needless free-kick. The ball is whipped in to Brazil's captain Silva, who, unmarked crashes a header straight at Ochoa, whose arms spring out and claw the ball away into a melee. Mexico finally clear.

84 min: Oh Fred! 50% - Brazil's Fred completed eight of his 16 passes against Mexico (50%). Wayward.

83 min: Oscar off and Willian on. So the Chelsea quota stays intact.

82 min: Fabian has got some pace in his little legs. He stretches them up the left for Mexico but is halted by a collection of Brazilian defenders. Dos Santos is taken off and Jimenez, who plays as a striker for America, comes on.

80 min: Dos Santos crashes the free-kick into the wall and Brazil break, meanwhile I have some catching up to do in what has been a frantic last 10 minutes. Jo did, well, what Jo did when he was at Man City and Everton and dragged a shot wide some moments ago after a well-weighted pass from Neymar.

79 min: Silva has gone right through the back of Hernandez 25 yards out and when Hernandez was on the turn. Had he got clear he'd have been in on goal. It wasn't clear-cut though so the ref opts for yellow instead of red. It's probably the correct decision.

77 min: "Is it a good or bad career move to put a 'watching the world cup – responses may be delayed" signature at the bottom of my work email?" asks Nate Phillips. Tomorrow, if your desk is cleared and there's a cardboard box with a photo of your family and notebook in it atop said desk, then probably yes.

76 min: Herrera off and Fabian on. These subs have helped to pour cold water on Brazil's recent fire.

74 min: Neymar trips over his dancing feet as he attempts a shot from the edge of the box and then Mexico break with Guarado, who slips in Hernandez in the inside-right channel but the Man Utd striker is muscled off the ball by David Luiz or Silva. I couldn't tell. Yeah, probably Silva.

73 min: Peralta is off and Javier Hernandez is on. He knows how to score a goal from the bench.

72 min: Finally Brazil look like they mean business. They're careering forwards in that free-jazz way of theirs. The Mexican defence is holding firm but they won't fancy having to deal with this for another 18 minutes.

67 min: Ochoa can keep goal! Neymar chests down a floated-in cross from Marcelo, directing the ball to his dangerous left foot that thumps a shot low and hard at the bottom-right corner, but Ochoa gets his body in the way and diverts it wide.

66 min: Fred off and Jo on. Fred's been awful. BUt that's not news.

65 min: Brazil give the ball away in midfield again. Layun picks it up and makes easy work of scurrying past Alves on the right, but his cross has no venom and is easily headed clear by Silva. Brazil rush forwards and you just know they're going to give it away. They're playing with the composure of an excitable seven-year-old child who has had too much sugar.

64 min: "I'm watching in San Francisco and the TV commentators (US Spanish language Univision) are nuts," enthuses Richard Mlynarik. "Embarrassingly for a resident of California I don't speak a word, but little matter. A fine background to the Best.World.Cup.Ever.(tm) Ochoa! Grandiso! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-NORME! SEEEEEEEEEEEEN-SACIONAL! BTW Hristo Stoichkov (who knew?) provides colour commentary on some matches, though at less than the mile-a-minute Spanish of colleagues Pablo, Enrique, Jésus, etc. This is a good time to be a "funemployed" middle aged male in the US Pacific time zone: football at 9am, mid-day, 3pm and 6pm on weekdays, every bar in the city open at 9, good free "en vivo y gratis" video stream." Have you been on the shandy Richard? Good lad.

62 min: The referee finishes up with his crazy foam and Neymar takes a run up. He strikes it with a bit of bend from right to left, but it's a yard wide. The crowd ooh! It wasn't worth an ooh! really. It was worthy of a Hmmmm, though.

61 min: At last some respite for Brazil after Vazquez slides in late on Neymar. It's not the worts challenge but it's penalised with a booking. Neymar stands over it 25 yards out and slightly to the left of goal.

59 min: The Fortaleza public are not at all happy. They're booing very loudly as Mexico's midfield works its way forwards, with short, unspectacular passes. Just simple football really. Something Brazil seem incapable of playing.

58 min: Aguilar is booked for his 999th minor offence. Big Phil waves the imaginary yellow card and hey presto! The referee reveals the real one.

56 min: Another shot! This time it's Herrera, who has been impressive tonight, who leathers a rising effort narrowly over Cesar's crossbar. Where are Brazil's midfielders? Mexico have swung the game their way with ease.

55 min: Mexico are in control now. Dos Santos cuts in from the right and drops his shoulder to make space for a shot. He doesn't connect brilliantly and it takes a deflection before nestling in Cesar's ample midriff.

53 min: Peralta holds the ball up well and lays it back to Herrera on the edge of the box. He looks right and left and then shifts the ball to his left, where Vazquez rushes in to try his look from 20 yards. Ooooooh! cry the Mexican fans as it goes narrowly over.

51 min: There's am ugly tussle going for dominance going on at present. It's like watching two aggressive men having a fight in a pub car-park. Mexico are edging it.

50 min: They let themselves down with the corner, mind.

48 min: A lightning-quick attack by Brazil. Alves sends Bernard scampering down the inside-right channel, he beats his marker to the ball and fizzes in a volleyed centre that Francisco Rodriguez clears with his head after contorting his body to reach it. Neymar was lurking just behind. At last, a glimpse of quality from the hosts.

46 min: Marquez gets some of Thiago Silva's studs down his shin. There was no malice in the challenge but it hurts the Mexico captain, who needs some treatment before hauling himself back up. And then Neymar is fouled. This is another ugly start.

45 min: Peep! We're back under way. Bernard is on for Ramires. He's a better passer of the ball. He might help the football to flow. Brazil certainly needed to change something.

HALF TIME:

Well, that wasn't very good from Brazil. But perhaps that's not so surprising. They didn't really click against Croatia and Mexico have run themselves into the ground to stop them from playing football tonight too. Mexico will be very happy with their work so far.

45 min: Ramires's name is the first in the book. He's punished for a bit of filth as Aguilar looks ready to give him a clean pair of heels on the right wing. The free-kick comes to nought and the whistle goes for half-time.

43 min: Ochoa makes another wonderful save, making himself big as Thiago Silva sets up a great chance for David Luiz with a a cushioned chest down in the box. played The Mexico defence snoozes and three players in blue and yellow can stick a toe at it. David Luiz is teh man to do that but Ochoa Schmeichels away.

41 min: Vazquez gives the Cesar some much-needed exercise with a strange shot from outside the area that is hit, more by accident than design, a little like a knuckleball free-kick. It dips left-to-right across the six-yard box and just wide. Cesar was worried though. It followed some good work by Guardado, who got the better of Alves on the left before putting in his cross.

40 min: "Just needed to express my horror that Jonathan Pearce STILL apparently believes that the no goal-goal kerfuffle in France-Honduras was an error," sniffs Thomas Evans. Yup, what a bonkers man he is.

39 min: Gustavo and Herrera clash noggins. Both receive treatment but it's nothing to worry about.

38 min: For all the obvious industry in this match, it has lacked quality. there have been moments when it has threatened to take off, but then it's let itself down and reverted to the bit-fest that it has been.
36 min: Another free-kick. That happened quicker than my eyes could move. It's whipped into the Brazil box by Guardado, but Thiago Silva, who is a brilliant defender, leaps highest and heads clear.

35 min: Alves tries to shift the ball to his right foot near the right-hand touchline, but he's bundled off the ball but does have the consolation of winning a corner. Brazil's first apparently. Mexico defend it diligently and from the second stab into the box Fred leaps and heads at goal, but the big-haired Ochoa collects safely. That's one on target for Fred's stats though.

33 min: Neymar stretches his legs again on another of those "what's going to happen next?" runs that he makes so often. What happens next is that he overruns it as he approaches the penalty area and Ochoa gathers. Carry on.

31 min: Brazil look to be going for the slow-slow-quick approach to goal now. Unfortunately they're caught in possession at the slow-slow part of that tactic and Mexico break with Dos Santos, who drops his shoulder, Stanley Matthews Style, and sends David Luiz for a caipirinha, before Thiago Silva rescues his team-mate by stepping in. He'll be doing more of that at PSG. I'm sure he's thrilled.

28 min: This has been a busy 0-0 thus far. Time for a cynical email: "Re: Daniel Sturridge, that shows real dedication to, and love of football, doesn't it. As though he'd otherwise be watching the latest episode of tele novele on the other channel if the match wasn't on."

25 min: Fantastic save from Ochoa! Alves curls a ball into Neymar, who leaps higher than the old man MArquez and directs a header down to the left of the Mexico goalkeeper, who leaps over and just, only just, claws the ball away.

24 min: Herrera is straight back at it, winning back possession midway inside the Brazil half and having a dig from 25 yards. It's a fizzing effort that Cesar has to tip over. A clear corner, but the referee lets his linesman make the decision and gives a goal-kick.

22 min: Fred, who seems to be either offside or giving away possession whenever he's in view, is caught dallying and allows Mexico to make an excursion into the Brazil box, where Herrera tries to twist and turn past David Luiz but is hustled off the ball.

21 min: Rafael Marquez has used all those years of nous to slow things down at the back for Mexico and allow his team to see the ball again for an extended time.

18 min: No shot on target yet, and that effort from Gustavo not doing anything to redress the balance. Miles off goal. Brazil, though, have taken control of this. Appraently the North East of the country, where this match is being played, is especially passionate about the national side. Certainly a hell of an atmosphere.

17 min: Neymar dangles the carrot on the left wing. Francisco Rodriguez bites and that'll be another free-kick.

13 min: Marcelo battles to the byline in the Mexico box and drags back a cross that is blocked. At the second attempt he finds Paulinho, via a deflection, but the Spurs player can do nothing with a ball that squirts up into his plate. Goal-kick, but Brazil are beginning to gain control here now.

12 min: Alves is the next player to get a lecture off the Turkish referee, for a late tackle on Guardado in the right corner. He's some way from the ball but I'm a fan of lenient refereeing. So carry on ref.

10 min: Fred goes oh so close. Oh, no in fact he's offside. The buildup play is wonderful here though with Oscar showing some fleet-footed shifting of the ball to beat his marker on the left wing before clipping the ball into Fred, who hits the sidenetting as well as being offside. Poor Fred.

9 min: Oscar tries to spread play with raking pass into the right corner were Dani Alves scurries after it. He can't get there but that was the kind of pass that could undo this Mexican defence.

8 min: "Just when the commentating was going so well – Alan Green on Radio 5 Live: “And it’s samba v. sombrero!” sighs Charles Antaki.

6 min: Finally Brazil play some meaningful passes through the Mexico midfield and work the ball through to Neymar. He burst sthrough the tightest of gaps between two midfielders but is felled, quite cynically, by Vazquez. No card, though. I think the ref has tested the temperature and decided that if he starts flashing the cards now there may be no one left in 20 minutes.

4min: There's some neat interchanging of passes by Mexico as they work their way through the Brazil midfield only for Herrera to be stopped by Alves. Layun tries to win back possession but catches Gustavo late. We may see the yellow card introduced soon.

2min: Free-kick to Mexico. This has been a frantic start. It's whipped in from the left but David Luiz heads clear and from the returning cross in from the right Thiago Silva heads behind for a corner. Mexico are making it clear they're not bothered by all this hullabaloo around them.

Peep! José Vazquez wastes little time in making his mark. He catches Neymar in the centre circle with a little 'hello' down the back of the calf and gets a lecture for his trouble.

8.00pm BST
It's almost time for kick-off. The Mexico players huddle in defiance against the wall of noise. They're wearing red tonight and shooting from left to right on my screen. Brazil, in their famous yellow and blue are going right to left as I'm looking at it.

7.58pm BST
Neymar breaks down in tears after the second a capella verse. That was pretty intense.

7.46pm BST
The final word on how authorities know how many fans travel abroad. "The consulates can find out how many tickets were purchased by credit cards held by their citizens. Also, travellers who register their travel with the consulate help." Thanks t Alice Arcury-Quandt for that.

7.42pm BST
Apparently a group of protesters have blocked off a route to the stadium. It's not a huge protest but it is still an issue and shows that the anger about this World Cup in Brazil has not subsided as some have said.

7.41pm BST
Bill Bukowski writes: "Your new last name is almost perfect." Erm, thanks Bill you perfect-named chap you.

7.38pm BST
So Hulk is in fact injured. That Hulk Angry! pic still stands though. He's angry at his own body's inability to stay in tip-top shape.

7.36pm BST
I hope the referee, Cuneyt Cakir, has a brilliant game in which he's anonymous. I really don't want to have to type his name in a hurry.

7.32pm BST
Wow! I've just remembered, thanks to an email from Robert Nease, that Cuauhtémoc Blanco Blanco turned out for Mexico at the last World Cup. He was bigger than the moon. He scored too. Brilliant.

7.29pm BST
"How do they keep track of how many supporters of any one team travel to the city?" asks Veronica Fleury, in response to Fernando Duarte's tweet. It's a good question Veronica, and one I don't think I can answer. Flights booked to nearest airport to Fortaleza? Hidden CIA bugs in mobile phones?

7.26pm BST
I love Rafael Marquez. The first player to captain a team in four World Cup finals seems to have existed since the beginning of time. Look, here he is as a wee snip of a skipper in 2002, getting his marching orders.

7.25pm BST
Our Brazilian man in Brazil, Fernando Duarte, reckons the Estádio Castelão will have a huge number of Mexico supporters in there tonight too,which will make it pleasingly raucous.

7.18pm BST
Hulk is injured and left out by Brazil. Ramires is brought in instead. His inclusion perhaps shows the importance Brazil place on gaining control of midfield, which they didn't always do against Croatia.

7.15pm BST Team news
Brazil: Julio Cesar; Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo;
Paulinho, Gustavo; Ramires, Oscar, Neymar; Fred. Subs: Jefferson, Fernandinho, Hulk, Dante, Maxwell, Henrique, Hernanes, Willian, Bernard, Jo, Maicon, Victor.

Mexico: Ochoa; Aguilar, Rodriguez, Marquez, Moreno, Layun;
Herrera, Vazquez, Guardado; Giovani, Peralta. Subs: Corona,
Salcido, Reyes, Fabian, Jimenez, Pulido, Hernandez, Ponce,
Brizuela, Aquino, Pena, Talavera.

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