TWO DOWN, ONE TO GO
It's been an engaging game in Fortaleza, and there's one more match left from today's line-up. The Global Stadium is open for Russia-Korea Republic, so join us for all the build-up, a minute-by-minute report and all the video highlights from the last two teams yet to feature at Brazil 2014.
Mexico have ended Brazil's ten match winning streak, which was the longest worldwide. It is also the first time Brazil have failed to score in the World Cup since 25 June 2010 (against Portugal).
|8||Attempts On Target||3|
|0||Total Goals scored||0|
has been elected Man of the Match
|90MINUTES PLAYED||25TOTAL PASSES||0GOALS FOR||0SHOTS|
FULL TIME: It's ended goalless in the Estadio Castelao, but that doesn't tell half the story. A magnificent performance by El Tri goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa kept Brazil at bay and Mexico took the game to the hosts in a pulsating encounter. Neither side could break the deadlock though, and they both go into their final group games level on four points.
Jimenez receives the ball on the Mexican right from a speedy counter-attack and hits a bouncing ball towards goal. Julio Cesar keeps it out.
SO CLOSE! Guardado gets a second bite of the cherry after his initial corner is cleared. He cuts in on to his left foot and curls a dipping, swerving drive at goal. Julio Cesar backtracks but it's over the bar.
UNBELIEVABLE STOP! Neymar curls a wicked free kick into the centre of the Mexican penalty area and Thiago Silva comes steaming in. His thumping header is kept out by Ochoa, who is having a remarkable game.
After the free-kick is blocked, Neymar picks up an Oscar pass on the half-turn and runs at the Mexican defence. His through-ball towards Jo is deflected, and it runs through to Ochoa. We're in for an exciting final ten minutes in the Estadio Castelao.
Hernandez looks to receive a nice through ball, but the Brazil skipper comes flying in with a crunching challenge, and is deservedly booked.
Layun crosses in from the Mexican left, Hernandez is all alone in the Brazilian box and rises highest, but it's wide.
Bernard creates space for himself inbetween the Mexican midfield and defence, he plays a through ball to Jo, who snatches at the opportunity and it dribbles wide.
Don't forget to vote for your man of the match - who's had the most impact today?Vote for your Man of the Match
The Mexico No19, who's worked tirelessly up front for El Tri, is replaced by the Manchester United star.
There's now wave after wave of Brazilian attacks and Mexico are being put under increasing pressure. Their defence is holding firm so far though.
Jô comes on as a sub to become the player with the shortest name in World Cup history. #Brazilmexico #BRA— Infostrada Sports (@Infostrada Sports) 17/06/2014 20:27
GREAT SAVE! Neymar receives a long cross-field ball from the Brazil left at the back post. He brings it down superbly and hits towards goal with his left foot, but again Ochoa denies Brazil, this time with his chest.
The Brazil No9, who's struggled to retain possession in the final third for Brazil, is withdrawn.
The ball is placed by Neymar for a free-kick around 30 yards from goal and the Barça star curls it over the wall. Ochoa scrambles across, but it's just wide.
Guardado finds space slightly left of centre around 30 yards out and hits towards goal, but it bounces wide. Mexico definitely in the ascendancy here.
It's another Mexico chance, and El Tri are on the front foot in Fortaleza. Julio Cesar is troubled by the shot, but it flies over the bar.
The former Tottenham Hotspur forward creates space for a shot, but the Brazil goalkeeper is equal to the effort.
The Mexican midfielder gets the ball out of his feet and unleashes an effort from distance, which fizzes just over Julio Cesar's crossbar.
Guardado sets himself around 30 yards from goal and hits a shot which looks like it's going on target, but Thiago Silva is in the way and heads away for a corner.
The corner is cleared by the Brazil defence.
The corner is worked out to the Chelsea man who hits an optimistic effort from distance, and Ochoa isn't troubled.
Bernard makes an instant impact. Playing in a more advanced role than Ramires in the first half, he bursts down the Brazil right and smashes a cross along the six yard box. Rodriguez leaps ahead of the oncoming Neymar to clear.
There's one change at the break and the Chelsea man is replaced by the diminutive No20.
Mexico get us underway for the second period.
Brazil and Mexico have faced off a few times in recent memory, most notably during last summer's FIFA Confederations Cup and in the gold medal match at London 2012.
The last time Brazil failed to score in the first half of a World Cup match was against Portugal on 25 June 2010. That was also the last World Cup match in which they failed to score a single goal (0-0 final result).
Take a look at some of the best pictures from the first half, in our Facebook photo gallery.
Voting is now open for your man of the match - who's caught your eye today?Vote for your Man of the Match
|6||Attempts On Target||0|
|0||Total Goals scored||0|
HALF TIME: It's goalless at the interval and the undoubted star of the first half has been Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. The Mexico No13 has made a couple of outstanding saves to keep the hosts out, will they be able to beat him in the second period?
WHAT A SAVE! A long free-kick is pumped into the box, Thiago Silva chests the ball down and there are three Brazilian players completely free in the area. Paulinho tries to lift it over Ochoa, but the keeper magnificently keeps it out. It's not the first great save he's made today.
JUST WIDE! The ball breaks to Vazquez on the edge of the Brazilian box and the midfielder stabs towards goal. It dips and beats Julio Cesar - just to the left of the goalkeeper's post.
A great touch by Thiago Silva sets up Marcelo and the Real Madrid defender drives from distance, but it's scuffed wide. Brazil's No6 beats his forehead in frustration.
The corner is cleared only as far as Layun who gets the ball out of his feet quickly, but he snatches at his shot and it flies over the bar.
Fred heads Neymar's corner towards goal but it's a simple take for the Mexico No13.
ROOM SERVICE FOR STURRIDGE?
We asked England's Daniel Sturridge a question, and here's what he said!
@D_Sturridge Who do you think will win, Daniel? #BRA or #MEX? #WorldCup #joinin— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 17/06/2014 19:32
.@D_Sturridge Glad to hear you're enjoying the #WorldCup! As for the feijoada... room service is only a call away! Enjoy the rest of #BRAMEX— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 17/06/2014 19:33
GREAT SAVE! Neymar leaps highest and nods towards goal. The Fortaleza crowd seem to pull the ball towards goal as there's a huge intake of breath, but the Ajaccio stopper is down low to palm away.
Don't forget, you can now take part in the Kick-Off Ball Contest!Take the quiz now, win the kick-off ball!
Hector Herrera picks the ball up in the Mexico midfield and gets the ball out of his feet. He smashes the ball towards goal but it flies over.
DID YOU KNOW?
Brazil have won 16 of their last 17 international matches, including their last ten. This winning streak of ten matches is currently the longest worldwide.
Brazil have scored 26 of their 213 World Cup goals in the first quarter of the match. Only Germany have scored more World Cup goals in the first quarter of their matches: 27.
An intricate piece of skill by Neymar on the Brazil left sees Rodriguez clean the No10 out. The set-piece is whipped in but cleared by the Mexican defence.
Something of a scramble in the Mexican defence as Marcelo breaks down the Brazil left and tries to get the ball across the box. Fred and the Brazil No8 have half-chances, but neither can find the target.
It's crazy I'm still a fan watching the World Cup even though I'm playing. Swear down I love my job... http://t.co/s2593hSzA4— Daniel Sturridge (@Daniel Sturridge) 17/06/2014 19:12
Brazil's No9 gets in behind the Mexican defence and places his shot past the post, but the flag is up anyway.
The Brazilian No4 smashes the ball towards goal from over 40 yards out, but it's blocked.
Neymar bursts through a couple of Mexican challenges and goes down. David Luiz places the ball.
After a bit of miscommunication in the Brazilian defence, Thiago Silva heads behind. The corner is played in, but cleared away from danger by the Brazilians.
Brazil are, unsurprisingly, in their yellow shirts, blue shorts and white socks while Mexico line up in a red shirts and socks with black shorts.
Brazil get us underway and there's a magnificent roar from the bright yellow crowd.
A clearly emotional Neymar raises his hands to his face before the players perform the customary pre-match rituals and get into position, we're nearly ready for kick-off.
After the musical introduction, the crowd, players and coaching staff sing along passionately. The music stops and, just like a year ago at the Confeds and the Opening Match, the stadium erupts in noise as the crowd sing a capella.
Here comes the Hino Nacional Brasileiro...
Himno Nacional Mexicano rings out around the Estadio Castelao Fortaleza, the players grip each other around the shoulder and sing passionately along with the fans and coach Miguel Herrera.
The two teams walk out onto the pitch and the Brazilians place their right hand on the shoulder of the man in front to form a chain.
12 JULIO CESAR, 2 DANI ALVES, 3 T SILVA, 4 DAVID LUIZ, 6 MARCELO, 8 PAULINHO, 9 FRED, 10 NEYMAR JR, 11 OSCAR, 16 RAMIRES, 17 L GUSTAVO
13 G OCHOA, 2 F RODRIGUEZ, 4 R MARQUEZ, 6 H HERRERA, 7 M LAYUN, 10 G DOS SANTOS, 15 H MORENO, 18 A GUARDADO, 19 O PERALTA, 22 P AGUILAR, 23 J VAZQUEZ
These are the most-popular line-ups chosen by FIFA.com users.
12 JULIO CESAR, 2 Dani ALVES, 3 Thiago SILVA, 4 DAVID LUIZ, 6 MARCELO, 7 HULK, 9 FRED, 10 NEYMAR, 8 PAULINHO, 11 OSCAR, 17 LUIZ GUSTAVO
13 Guillermo OCHOA, 2 Francisco RODRIGUEZ, 3 Carlos SALCIDO, 4 Rafael MARQUEZ, 15 Hector MORENO, 10 Giovani DOS SANTOS, 14 Javier HERNANDEZ, 19 Oribe PERALTA, 6 Hector HERRERA, 8 Marco FABIAN, 18 Andres GUARDADO
TREADING THE TIGHTROPE
Neymar, Luiz Gustavo and Hector Moreno were all booked in their side's opening game, so will be suspended for the final group match if they are booked again today.
WHAT YOU'RE SAYING
We asked our Twitter followers a question, and here's one of the responses!
Where are you watching #BRAMEX? Tweet your photos using #joinin and we'll include some in our #WorldCup LIVE BLOG - http://t.co/LxtD1KNi3J— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 17/06/2014 18:41
@FIFAWorldCup #joinin school! 👏 http://t.co/02c0ui4A4P— #Argentina (@#Argentina) 17/06/2014 18:40
|71||Total Goals scored||36|
DID YOU KNOW?
Neymar has scored 33 goals for Brazil, he needs two more to equal Rivaldo as sixth-highest Brazilian scorer. Oribe Peralta has scored eight goals in his last give competitive matches for Mexico.
Brazil will advance to the knockout stages if they win AND Cameroon do not beat Croatia tomorrow. Conversely, Mexico will reach the Round of 16 if they win AND Croatia do not beat Cameroon.
“After a difficult qualification, this team is clearly looking much better now. We have settled into a rhythm. And also, we have a lot of supporters here, following us and believing in us. This drives us on to give even more."
LUIZ FELIPE SCOLARI
"Every time we play against Mexico we have difficulties. That is why it is a game the players know will be very even, they need to have very good conditioning from the beginning until the end. The two teams play football of very good quality, with the ball on the ground, lots of moving around."
There's a huge cheer from the Fortaleza crowd as 2002 World Cup-winning captain Cafu is interviewed by Brazilian media pitch-side.
Play World Cup Predictor!World Cup Predictor
A substitute today, Maxwell embraces his former Barcelona team-mate and Mexico captain Rafael Marquez in the tunnel before the outfield players head out to warm up.
The Brazilian goalkeepers meet in the tunnel and share a hug before walking out onto the pitch at the Estadio Castelao where they are greeted by vociferous applause from the crowd.
DID YOU KNOW?
Mexico have only beaten South American opponents once in the World Cup, during the 2002 edition when they saw off Ecuador 2-1 in the group round.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Brazil-Mexico at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. The stadium is the venue which began the incredible phenomenon at the Confeds of the Selecao fans continuing to sing their national anthem after the PA system has finished its rendition, so expect a stirring atmosphere today. You can #joinin with our coverage of the second game from Group A on Twitter, Facebook and our new Instagram page.
#BRA LINE-UP: Julio Cesar, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva (c), David Luiz, Marcelo, Paulinho, Fred, Neymar, Oscar, Ramires, Luiz Gustavo #BRAMEX— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 17/06/2014 17:43
#MEX LINE-UP: Ochoa, Rodriguez, Marquez (c), Herrera, Layun, Dos Santos, Moreno, Guardado, Peralta, Aguilar, Vazquez #BRAMEX #WorldCup— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 17/06/2014 17:43
Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza