Brazil held by Mexico

Brazil’s star studded line up failed to convert their chances as they were held to a 0-0 draw.

Brazil's captain Thiago Silva gets his attempt on goal saved by Mexican goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa in the dying minutes of the the Fifa World Cup match on 17 June 2014. Picture:

SAO PAULO - Brazil's star studded line up failed to convert their chances in Fortaleza as they were held to a 0-0 draw in their second Fifa World Cup match against Mexico on Tuesday.

The result leaves both teams on course for the second round with four points from two matches, with Brazil leading the group on goal difference.

Mexico's brave draw brings to an end Brazil's 10-match winning streak dating back to August 2013.

Mexican goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa, was the star of the match after he worked hard to deny Brazil a victory.

Ochoa spoiled every Brazilian attack, leaving the host frustrated with a goalless draw.

Brazil forward Neymar da Silva Santos failed to replicate his form that saw him score two goals in the opening match against Croatia.

Brazil had great chances to score, but couldn't convert their chances, including Thiago Silva's clear header in the dying minutes of the game.

It's the first time Mexico has ever taken points off Brazil in a World Cup.

In other results, Belgium came from behind to beat Algeria 2-1 with substitute Marouane Fellaini scoring from a corner.

Fellaini moved well in the area before flicking a header past the diving Algerian goalkeeper.

Russia and Korea Republic ended locked in a 1-1 draw.


World Champions Spain will be looking to bounce back tonight after that 5-1 hammering at the hands of the Netherlands in their opening match.

Following their shocker defeat, defender Sergio Ramos said his team mates had no excuses for the way they played, it simply wasn't good enough.

They will have to turn things around tonight if they are to beat Chile or risk suffering Italy's fate in 2010, when the then defending champions were dumped out of in the first round.

France, the 1998 champions, crashed out of the first round in 2002 in Korea.

So Spain will have to dig deep if they don't want to follow suit when they play at 10pm tonight.

In another match, Netherlands will be looking to add to their goal tally when they take on Australia.


Riot police were called in to manage the crowd at Fifa's official fan fest in Sao Paulo on Tuesday.

Despite the large number of volunteers and officials present at the park, organisers seem to have underestimated the number of people expected at the event.

As the afternoon progressed, the crowd at the fan fest began to grow exponentially and thousands were turned away after the venue had reached capacity, enraging some fans who simply wanted to watch their national team play.

Police had to use mild force to manage the crowds.