Jun 17, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza
Brazil
0-0
Mexico

Ramires (45'), Silva (79')
FT

Aguilar (59'), Juan Vazquez (62')

Result: Brazil held to goalless draw by Mexico

Mexico hold Brazil to a goalless draw thanks to a fine performance from goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

Guillermo Ochoa produced a string of fine saves to ensure that Mexico held Brazil to a goalless draw in Fortaleza.

A slow start to the contest for the hosts allowed Mexico to carve out the first real opportunity after 25 minutes, with Hector Herrera beating two defenders before getting a shot away at goal which was kept out by Julio Cesar.

Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ocha dives at full stretch to make a save during the World Cup Group A match in Fortaleza against Brazil on June 17, 2014© Getty Images

Two minutes later Brazil came alive as Neymar planted a header towards the bottom corner of the net, only for Ochoa to pull off the first of many top-quality stops to deny the forward.

Miguel Layun was the next player to try his luck, but his effort from distance following a loose header from Thiago Silva was high and wide of the target.

A cross into the box moments before the end of the half almost provided the breakthrough goal when David Luiz found himself unmarked inside the box, but Ochoa was once more on hand to pull off a close-range save to deny Brazil.

Bernard was brought on at the interval in place of Ramires to add some extra attacking intent for Luiz Felipe Scolari's side, and he very nearly made an instant impact when he delivered a cross for Neymar, which was well cleared by Francisco Rodriguez for a corner.

Brazil forward Neymar drives through the Mexico defence during the World Cup Group A match in Fortaleza on June 17, 2014© Getty Images

Neymar, who bagged two goals in his side's opening game against Croatia last week, collected a cross into the box from Bernard on the 70-minute mark before seeing his resulting strike kept out yet again by Ochoa.

Bernard was provider once more shortly after when he picked out fellow substitute Jo with a low pass, but his shot failed to test the Mexican stopper.

As the game edged towards full time, Ochoa was called into action for a final time to deny Silva from a close-range header to ensure that the game ended goalless.

Both sides move up to four points in Group A following the draw, meaning that either Croatia or Cameroon will exit the competition if they lose tomorrow afternoon.

Brazil forward Neymar drives through the Mexico defence during the World Cup Group A match in Fortaleza on June 17, 2014
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