HT Analysis: Brazil v Mexico
Score: Brazil 0-0 Mexico
Date: 17 June 2014
Venue: Estadio Castelao
Chances were hard to come by, as Brazil and Mexico go into the halftime break with the scores tied at 0-0 in the Group A clash at Estadio Castelao.
The opening 20 minutes proved to be a scrappy affair, with both sides struggling to hold on to the ball, while the high foul count certainly made it a stop-start affair.
The hosts thought they had a equaliser in the 25th minute as Neymar got on the end of Dani Alves' cross, only for Ochoa to pull off a stunnig save to deny the Barcelona forward.
Alves seemed to be Brazil's best attacking outlet in the first half, although striker, Fred, cut a lone and frustrated figure.
Mexico were certainly not going to just sit and back defend, with the likes of Hector Herrera, Jose Vasquez and Guardado making things difficult for Selecao in the middle of the park.
Their best effort of the half came in the 25th minute, as Herrera's long rage effort flew inches over the crossbar but that was as good as it got for the Mexicans.