“Everybody out! Crawl back into whatever hole you came from!”
Like a crabby parent who returned home too early, Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa spoiled the samba party yesterday with a defiant performance against the host nation as Mexico and Brazil played to a goalless draw at Fortaleza.
Flip! On went the lights; and, as it turned out, Brazil aren’t quite as irrepressible when a certain Japanese referee is not in the stadium. True, Brazil had enough chances to win the match; but can the Selecao truly bear the strain of two or three passengers within its ranks against better opposition?
And, when one considers that the numbers protesting the World Cup could leap from the hundreds to the thousands if Brazil is eliminated early, FIFA is probably just as keen as Felipe Scolari to see the host team have a good run in the competition.
Elsewhere, in Group H, all four goals from open play came via substitutes in two tedious contests.
Marouane “the Amazing Afro” Fellaini inspired a Belgium revival as the small European nation rebounded from a goal down to edge Algeria 2-1. And Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev might be the most relieved man in Brazil after his goalkeeping error, which gifted South Korea’s opening, was partially atoned by teammate Alexander Kerzhakov’s scrappy equaliser.
Ochoa still made it cool to wear gloves though.
A photograph of the Mexican goalkeeper with six fingers on his right hand and a glove to match went viral today. What else could explain his fantastic saves?
Sadly, the image was doctored. Mr Live Wire actually thinks Ochoa has six arms although, so far, no photographer has been able to provide conclusive evidence.
There seems to be sufficient proof that Marcelo is not Roberto Carlos with an afro and Fred couldn’t pass for Luis Fabiano let alone Ronaldo.
Brazil faces Cameroon next and is still heavily favoured to emerge from Group A. But, just in case, Neymar best insist on counting the next goalkeeper’s fingers and arms before kick off.
Today’s 2014 World Cup summary
Belgium 2 (Marouane Fellaini 70, Dries Mertens 80), Algeria 1 (Sofiane Feghouli 24 pen)
Russia 1 (Alexander Kerzhakov 74), South Korea 1 (Lee Keun-Ho 68)
Brazil 0, Mexico 0
Star of the Day
Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa is unemployed at the moment. Is it any wonder that the world is on the edge of financial ruin when a man who can save like that can’t get a job?
Villain of the Day
Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev just avoided a State-funded summer vacation in Siberia today after his horrific ball-handling gifted South Korea its opening goal.