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17/06/2014 21:22, Report by Adam Bostock

Mexico thwart Brazil

Javier Hernandez made his second appearance at the 2014 World Cup but couldn't turn a decent 0-0 draw into a dream victory for Mexico against the hosts Brazil.

Just as he did in the opening victory over Cameroon, the Manchester United striker featured as a substitute in the second half and gave the opposing defenders something to think about. 

After replacing Oribe Peralta in the 72nd minute, Chicharito's first notable dash into the box brought a clean challenge from former Chelsea defender David Luiz. A later attempt to turn with the ball outside the area drew a foul from Thiago Silva but although the Brazilian captain was shown the yellow card, the direct free-kick was wasted as Giovani Dos Santos' effort was blocked.

As you might expect from a goalless draw away to Brazil, Mexico were indebted to their goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa; he made several excellent saves including one in each half from the hosts' talisman Neymar and a late block from Thiago Silva's point-blank header. 

Ochoa's counterpart Julio Cesar was far from being just a spectator, however. His best stop kept out a ferocious drive from Chicharito's fellow substitute Raul Jiminez, although Brazil's veteran keeper will consider himself fortunate that his parry travelled agonisingly away from the onrushing United striker.

The two shot-stoppers ensured honours were even, therefore, and it keeps Group A interestingly alive with both teams now on four points after a victory apiece prior to this stalemate.

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