Who would have thought it? Earmarked by most observers as red-hot favourites to win the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005, world champions Brazil endured the footballing equivalent of a cold shower on Sunday 19 June.
Having swept aside Greece in their opening Group B game, the Auriverde were expected to make Mexico their latest victims, but that was to write off their excellent opponents a little too early. Ricardo Lavolpe's Mexico gave a classic lesson in solidarity and tactical discipline against Brazil, with an extremely compact midfield capable of lending support to the strikers as well as stifling Ronaldinho and Kaka's counterattacks.
In defence they were outstanding, putting up a brick wall to thwart the trickery of Adriano and Robinho, and their goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez constantly chipped in with crucial interventions that gave everyone confidence. Elected Anheuser Busch Man of the Match by FIFA's Technical Study Group, Sanchez enjoyed a fantastic 90 minutes.
Goalscorer Jared Borgetti deserves a special mention too. The whole world remembers his magical spin through the air to head past Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon at Korea/Japan 2002, and the tall striker made the difference in the air again on Sunday. Now two of the great football nations have good reason to remember his name.