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Mexico ties Brazil thanks to the spectacular play of goalie Ochoa

  • Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa makes a save during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa makes a save during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

  • Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa (13) bats the ball away after a header by Brazil's Fred, left, during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa (13) bats the ball away after a header by Brazil's Fred, left, during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, left,  saves a header by Brazil's Thiago Silva  during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, left, saves a header by Brazil's Thiago Silva during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

  • Russia's Alexander Kerzhakov, back right, scores his side's first goal past South Korea's goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong (1) during the group H World Cup soccer match between Russia and South Korea at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Russia's Alexander Kerzhakov, back right, scores his side's first goal past South Korea's goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong (1) during the group H World Cup soccer match between Russia and South Korea at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

  • Italy's Claudio Marchisio, left, controls the ball in front of England's Leighton Baines, right, during the group D World Cup soccer match between England and Italy at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Italy's Claudio Marchisio, left, controls the ball in front of England's Leighton Baines, right, during the group D World Cup soccer match between England and Italy at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng, left, covers his face after the group H World Cup soccer match between Russia and South Korea at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng, left, covers his face after the group H World Cup soccer match between Russia and South Korea at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Belgium's Marouane Fellaini runs onto the pitch after coming on as a substitute during the group H World Cup soccer match between Belgium and Algeria at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Belgium's Marouane Fellaini runs onto the pitch after coming on as a substitute during the group H World Cup soccer match between Belgium and Algeria at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Young fans of the Belgian national soccer team react after Algeria scored with a penalty, as they watch the match broadcast live on a giant video screen at the Ghelamco soccer stadium in Ghent, western Belgium, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Belgium plays against Algeria, South Korea and Russia in Group H of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

    Young fans of the Belgian national soccer team react after Algeria scored with a penalty, as they watch the match broadcast live on a giant video screen at the Ghelamco soccer stadium in Ghent, western Belgium, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Belgium plays against Algeria, South Korea and Russia in Group H of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

  • Russia's goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev walks off the pitch after a 1-1 tie with South Korea during the group H World Cup soccer match between Russia and South Korea at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Russia's goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev walks off the pitch after a 1-1 tie with South Korea during the group H World Cup soccer match between Russia and South Korea at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

  • Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa makes a save during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa makes a save during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

  • Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa makes a save during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
  • Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa (13) bats the ball away after a header by Brazil's Fred, left, during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, left,  saves a header by Brazil's Thiago Silva  during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
  • Russia's Alexander Kerzhakov, back right, scores his side's first goal past South Korea's goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong (1) during the group H World Cup soccer match between Russia and South Korea at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
  • Italy's Claudio Marchisio, left, controls the ball in front of England's Leighton Baines, right, during the group D World Cup soccer match between England and Italy at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
  • South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng, left, covers his face after the group H World Cup soccer match between Russia and South Korea at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
  • Belgium's Marouane Fellaini runs onto the pitch after coming on as a substitute during the group H World Cup soccer match between Belgium and Algeria at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
  • Young fans of the Belgian national soccer team react after Algeria scored with a penalty, as they watch the match broadcast live on a giant video screen at the Ghelamco soccer stadium in Ghent, western Belgium, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Belgium plays against Algeria, South Korea and Russia in Group H of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
  • Russia's goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev walks off the pitch after a 1-1 tie with South Korea during the group H World Cup soccer match between Russia and South Korea at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
  • Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa makes a save during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa made a series of outstanding saves to help Mexico hold Brazil to a thrilling 0-0 draw at the World Cup yesterday. The result leaves both teams with four points each after two games in Group A, but Brazil is ahead on goal difference going into their decisive final matches. Croatia and Cameroon meet today for their second games after both opened with defeats.

Ochoa’s first remarkable save prevented Neymar from scoring in the 26th minute. The Brazil striker’s powerful header looked set to fly just inside the post when the goalkeeper dived to his right to push the ball wide.

Ochoa also made three other difficult saves to keep the hosts from breaking the deadlock – a shot by Paulinho in the 44th, a second-half effort by Neymar from inside the area and a close-range header by Thiago Silva in the 86th minute that produced a remarkable block by the Mexico goalkeeper.

“It was the match of my life,” said Ochoa, who was visibly moved after the match. “To do it in a World Cup, in front of all the fans, it’s incredible.”

RUSSIA 1 SOUTH KOREA 1

Alexander Kerzhakov scored with one of his first touches after coming on as a substitute to earn Russia a draw with South Korea in a match marked by the first big goalkeeping error of the tournament.

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev spilled Lee Keun-ho’s speculative long-range shot into his own net to gift South Korea a 68th-minute lead at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba in Group H.

But Kerzhakov bailed his teammate out, turning in a shot from close range in the 74th – three minutes after coming on as a substitute – to rescue a point for Russia in a poor-quality match.

Akinfeev stayed on the ground inside his own net, head in his hands, after making his blunder, clearly embarrassed after dropping what was a routine save from a shot from about 30 yards. He was consoled by a couple of teammates, who patted him on the back, but could soon join in the celebrations when Kerzhakov equalized soon after.

BELGIUM 2 ALGERIA 1

Belgium opened its World Cup campaign with a comeback win over Algeria, relying on second-half goals from two substitutes after a tense start in Group H.

Algeria opened the scoring with a penalty in the 25th minute and the surprising lead stood for 45 minutes until Marouane Fellaini’s strong glancing header, with his back to goal, from a Kevin De Bruyne cross.

Fellaini had only come onto the pitch five minutes earlier.

Dries Mertens’s right-foot strike beat Algeria’s goalkeeper in the 80th after Eden Hazard saw him free on the right and set him up for the decider. Mertens, who went on at the start of the second half, sent his shot high in the net outside of Rais Mbolhi’s reach.

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