Fortaleza: Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said that the World Cup hosts had reason to be satisfied with their performance, despite being held to a 0-0 Group A draw by Mexico, on Tuesday.
The Selecao struggled to break down the Mexican backline at the Castelao Stadium on Tuesday, and when they did, they were undone by some inspired goalkeeping by Guillermo Ochoa, who made three stunning saves, two to deny Neymar and one from a late Thiago Silva header.
But Scolari was bullish in front of the press, emphasising that Brazil remain on course to qualify for the last 16, with the Mexico draw following their opening 3-1 win against Croatia in Sao Paulo.
“In my opinion — it’s my own, not that of the critics — the team played better than they did against Croatia,” he said. “There was at least an extra 10 per cent than what there was against.
“Mexico played more or less the same game as us. They had just about the same amount of possession, and the same number of shots on goal. The result wasn’t what we wanted but the only thing missing for us was a goal.”
Mexico coach Miguel Herrera admitted that he had never seen a better goalkeeping display at the World Cup than that by Guillermo Ochoa in his side’s 0-0 draw with Brazil.
“In my memory, I can’t remember a goalkeeper who performed like that in a World Cup. Campos was great but Memo gave the security to the team which we needed at the back,” said Herrera.