Brazil 0 Mexico 0: Player ratings as Guillermo Ochoa keeps hosts at bay

Brazil 0 Mexico 0: Player ratings as the hosts are held to a draw by a battling display from Miguel Herrera's men

Trevor Murray
By Trevor Murray
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Mexico
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Brazil

Julio Cesar Kept a clean sheet, and Brazil now move on to four points, but he won’t have been happy with some of the defending he saw in front of him. 6/10

Dani Alves Dragged the play wide with a number of supporting runs as well as aiming to run at the Mexican left-back with the ball at his feet. Could have done more to run in behind the defence, but was restricted by an apparently safe tactical set-up. 5

David Luiz Pinged the ball around at the back before building patiently whenever they moved forwards. Should have tried to instigate a more lively transfer of play from defence to attack. 5

Thiago Silva Was alert to the danger of Mexico’s early balls. Alongside Neymar, the Paris Saint-Germain stalwart was their best player. Stepping up to the plate to fill any defensive frailties as well as going forward for dead-balls, he did his utmost for the cause. His 86th minute close-range header, saved by Ochoa, underlined his enthusiasm. 8

Marcelo Tidied up a few loose balls and looked more comfortable than many imagined he would, but against better opponents, you’d have to worry for him. Had a pop from distance in the 39th minute but it dragged just wide of Guillermo Ochoa’s left post. 5

Paulinho The Tottenham Hotspur man was fairly anonymous for the most part. Alongside his fellow compatriots, he needed to step up to the plate, yet failed to do so. 5

Oscar Was an early magnet for the ball down the left. Found Fred in the 11th minute only for the Brazil striker to hit the side-netting from an offside position. Switched wings later on to bamboozle Miguel Herrera’s men. Came off for Willian late on. 6

Luis Gustavo Wasn’t the bright sparkplug the Brazilian cause needed in what was, ultimately, a bad day at the office. 5

Ramires Didn’t do a whole lot to help the home side’s cause. Was yellow-carded for a foul on Aguilar in the first half. Was replaced by Bernard for the second half. 6

Fred Only looked good when the ball happened to bobble near him. Had a header saved in the 35th minute. Overall, he was quite ineffective in linking the play or acting as a genuine figurehead. 4

Neymar Was incredibly riled up ahead of the match and his early injection of pace and skill really lit up the game on occasion. For the most part, he could only cause problems from distance and even when he found himself in space inside the box, Ochoa was equal to it. Moved further out to the left as the game progressed. His free-kick in the 63rd minute had the ‘keeper stretching. 6

Substitutes:

Bernard Played a delightful through-ball into the space ahead of Jo in the second half after Neymar had linked up with him. Alongside Jo, he tried to fan the flames of their forages forward, but Mexico’s defence just seemed too good. 6

Jo His arrival after the hour coincided with a resurgence in confidence from Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men. He was exactly the type of sperahead they needed as he made a number of great runs in behind the back-four. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late. 6

Willian N/A

Mexico

Guillermo Ochoa (Man of the match) Was a phenomenal source of inspiration for his entire team as he repelled any shots that came his way. A stand-out display that will have earned him more than his fair share of admirers. In particular, his reaction save from Silva at the death was a beauty. 8

Miguel Layun His wild clearance cross—field out for a throw-in in the 21st minute was a perfect example of how Mexico looked to approach this match. They lacked any real incisive enterprise going forward for the majority – lots of their threats came from distance. 6

Hector Moreno Unlike his opposite number, Moreno did his best to drive forward into Brazilian territory to spark the game into life. 6

Rafael Marquez With 122 caps to his name, the veteran defender seemed a good match for A Selecao’s offensive trickery. 7

Francisco Rodriguez Did well to clear away a dangerous ball into the box from Bernard as Neymar was running onto it. Looked alert. 7

Paul Aquilar Hugged the touchline in the first half. Attempted to cut in when he could to mix it up. 7

Hector Miguel Herrera Was always keen to get down the flanks with a jinking run or two. Looked lively. His rip-roaring shot from distance mid-way through the first half was tipped marginally over by Cesar. Came off in the 79th minute for Marco Fabian. 7

Jose Juan Vasquez Attempted to beat Cesar with a shot from distance shortly before the first half came to a close and again shortly before the hour mark, but his right-footed efforts bounced wide and over the bar, respectively. 8

Andres Guardado Fancied his chances with a shot from the edge of the box on the left-hand side of the box that had the man between the sticks beaten all ends up, but the shot just had too much elevation on it. Will be happy with his overall dispplay as well as the point. 7

Giovani Dos Santos Stayed up front as a relief target for their defence – looked their most likely means of scoring to put the pressure on the home side. Was replaced by Raul Jiminez in the closing stages. 6

Oribe Peralta Perhaps he should have gone down in the box in the 23rd minute after a jinking run inside the box on the right-hand side, but he stayed on his toes and caused a few jitters for the men in yellow. Was replaced in the 74th minute by Javier Hernandez. 7

Substitutes

Javier Hernandez Was felled 25-yards from goal by Thiago Silva after the defence had completely capitulated. Won a free-kick as a result. 6

Marco Fabian N/A

Raul Jimenez N/A

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