Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa was outstanding in Mexico’s 0-0 draw with Brazil yesterday, making six saves – at least three of which were truly outstanding – to prevent the hosts from getting on the board. His six saves were the most for a Mexican goalkeeper in the World Cup since 1966, and he also set a record: Memo is the first goalkeeper to shut out Brazil in Brazil in a World Cup.
Brazil hosted the World Cup in 1950, of course, making it all the way to the final where they suffered a shocking loss to Uruguay in the Marcanã. But in those six games, Brazil scored at least one goal (and sometimes as many as seven). And in their opening game in this World Cup, they beat Croatia 3-1.
7 games, 25 goals.
And then came game 8 against Mexico. Against Ochoa.
And there was not a goal to be found.