The star of Brazil-Mexico World Cup match, which ended in a 0-0 tie, was Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who more than once impressively blocked Brazilian shots, saving his national team goal. The match ended with a tied score without goals.
The game was a nail-biter, despite the lack of goals. “Brazilian attacks didn't stop, although each time they came across a magnificent Ochoa who fearlessly and with absolute confidence became a wall against the shots from the rival,” wrote Spanish-language website Apuntes de Fútbol.
A photo from this tweet shows the moment when Ochoa deflected a powerful headbutt by Brazilian superstar Neymar:
— DIARIO RÉCORD (@record_mexico) junio 17, 2014
Memo Ochoa's blocking a headbutt by Neymar.
From that moment on, his performance inspired various memes on social media.
— 101 Great Goals (@102greatgoals) June 17, 2014
El pulpo Ochoa. Versión 2. pic.twitter.com/k2WyTDZC3r
— Martín Hidalgo (@martinhidalgo) June 17, 2014
Octopus Ochoa. Version 2.
Hoy Ochoa podía ver la Matrix. Paró Todo. pic.twitter.com/HkGidSDZbm
— Nik (@Nikgaturro) June 17, 2014
Today, Ochoa could see The Matrix. He blocked everything.
A tweet depicted the Mexican goalkeeper with the classic charro style:
— Mr. Footy News (@MrFootyNewss) June 17, 2014
From Colombia, Alfredo Carreño wrote about the performance of the Brazilian crew on his blog Cápsulas de fútbol (football capsules):
Fiado todo a Neymar sin demasiado, la ‘canarinha’ acabó sufriendo ante Chicharito, Guardado y compañía mientras el ‘canta y no llores resonaba entre una confundida ‘torcida’ brasileña. Primera lección que tiene que aprender un Neymar que se pasó de emociones en la previa y se apagó más de la cuenta en el momento de la verdad.
Relying completely on a not so shiny Neymar, the ‘canarinha’ [as the Brazilian team is known for its yellow shirt] suffered facing Chicharito, Guardado and co. while the [popular Mexican folk song lyrics] ‘sing and don't cry’ resounded among a confused Brazilian ‘torcida’ [as the Brazilian fans are known]. First lesson for a Neymar who was overly emotional before the game and went off more than the bill at the moment of truth.
Another scene that became popular online was the one of a Mexican female fan at the stadium:
Our expression after every save from Ochoa… pic.twitter.com/siuRbVJAGS
— 2014 World Cup (@TheWorIdCup) June 17, 2014