Brazil and Mexico, Live Comments
My comments as they happened live during the Mexico-Brazil football match at the 2014 World Cup.
Before kickoff: Man, Mexico is talking a lot of smack before this game. Can’t wait to see Brazil run wild over Mexico.
Actually, I would like CONCACAF to continue to play well; however, Mexico doesn’t have a chance.
Brazil are the favorites, but Germany would be the team I would hate to play in this tournament. Or it could be Holland. Has Spain fallen that much, or is Holland that for real?
The stadium is SHOUTING the national anthem a Capella. That was pretty intense.
I didn’t think the Hulk could get hurt… guess I need to go read up on my comics some more.
Kickoff: Here we go! Brazil is going to score within the first 25 minutes.
This might be one of the most colorful games at the World Cup.
1′: Of course Neymar gets fouled in the first minute.
2′: Brazilians love it when their players flop, but hate it when Mexicans do the same. Double standard?
3′: Would I look good with Dani Alves’s hair??
5′: They won’t need Neymar for the next game. He should go ahead and get his yellow card this game so he won’t have to worry about it during the round of 16 or quarterfinals.
6′: Referee is already looking biased. That looked like a pretty bad tackle from Oscar, no foul given. Neymar touched, foul awarded immediately.
9′: Brazil is trying to calm things down, but Mexico won’t let them.
11:’ Some good attacking play from Brazil finally. Fred was way offsides, yet side ref was going to let it go. This is really starting to smell fishy. We’ll see if the refs are going to win this game!
13′: Apparently it takes a nasty challenge from Alves to get the ref to award Mexico with a free kick. Should have been yellow. Anybody else smell the fish? Is the Cod or Catfish?
14′: Nothing is better in sports than slow-mo replays that highlight how weird the facial expressions football players can make when “fouled”.
16′: Ref is trying to mask the smell of fish on the field. Free kick off of a Luiz foul.
17′: Neymar just broke that guys ankles so hard that the guy decided to try to physically break Neymar’s ankles.
18′: What about Ochoa’s hair? Now, I can’t decide if my next haircut should be Alves or Ochoa. Any suggestions?
21′: Mexico was looking good in the first 10 minutes, but since then it has been all Brazil. Still no goal though.
24′: Julio Cesar definitely touched that ball. Should have been a Mexican corner kick.
26′: BRILLIANT save by Ochoa. Brazil gets a great cross from Alves. Finds the head of Neymar, but Ochoa comes up with perhaps the save of the tournament so far.
28′: When is Roberto Carlos going to enter the game for Brazil?
29′: Looks like my 25 minute prediction was incorrect thanks to Ochoa.
35′: Neither team looking that dangerous lately. Mexico would definitely take a 0-0 draw.
37′: Free kick for Mexico, but it only finds Silva in the box.
Apparently Silva and Luiz are the most expensive defenders in the world. They will both by playing for PSG next year. Shouldn’t that mean PSG won’t give up a single goal next season?
38′: Dani Alves, the only Right Forward Fullback in the world. He was further up the field than Neymar and Fred.
39′: Luiz Gustavo is an excellent center defensive mid. Wolfsburg is lucky to have him. LFC would certainly take him. Are you listening Gustavo? Champions League play next season sounds really nice doesn’t it?
44′: Ochoa with another amazing save!! Just saved his defenders from making a stupid mistake on the offside line.
45′: Only one minute added. Mexico has done its job so far.
Halftime: Mexico may be gaining momentum into the 2nd half. They have held Brazil scoreless in the first half, which does not happen very often. Ochoa has saved the tie twice with some amazing saves.
This game has been VERY physical. I don’t know how there has only been one yellow card so far. After the referee fishiness to start the game, the game seemed more evenly called for the last 20 minutes.
Can Mexico keep it going? I doubt it, but USA did defend for 80 minutes last night and found a way to win. If Brazil finds a goal, this game is going to open up tremendously. Then Brazil might put 2 or 3 in the back of the net.
46′: “The last time Brazil was held scoreless in the first half of a World Cup was against Portugal in 2010.” Really?!? That was such a long time ago!!! Oh wait, that was only about 4 games? Oh dang, well then that’s not that amazing.
48′: Neymar should have done better with that cross. Goal would have been left wide open. Great clearance by the Mexican defender though.
49′: Would have been good for 3 points in the USA, Oscar! I hear the Panthers might need a kicker. Wouldn’t that be an awesome two sport athlete? Premier League and the NFL? You would be the most famous athlete in the world because commentators wouldn’t be able to shut up about it.
56′: Brazil is comfortable just booting the ball up field. It would be nice to see them get some possession. Mexico is pressing hard.
57′: Luiz predictably just boots the ball up field again. Mexico gets it back and goes back down the field for a shot over the bar. Predictable 2nd half so far.
59′: Neymar goes down way too easily. Draws yellow card on defender.
62′: Mexico is crushing Brazil in the possession battle this half. 2nd Mexican defender to get a yellow card while tackling Neymar. I’m starting to smell the fish again.
63′: Neymar close on the free kick, but it was off target an didn’t work Ochoa this time.
67′: Finally some possession for Brazil, but it comes to nothing. Mexico is winning this game at this rate.
68′: Fans booing and jeering as Fred leaves the game. He hasn’t done much, but it’s not his fault. Brazil hasn’t possessed the ball up the field yet. Jo comes in, and things change immediately.
69′: Another HUGE save from Ochoa, as Brazil gets three or four chances. Brazil looking more threatening now, but Mexico holds steady.
72′: More crosses from Brazil, more clearances from Mexico. At least Brazil is doing better now that Jo is in the game. He looks pretty huge. Yep, just checked. He is 6’4″.
74′: Neymar with 3 defenders around him, no Brazilians come to help.
76′: Jo with a one time shot. He had time and space, but rushed it. Instantly a bigger impact than Fred. Perhaps a change for the game against Cameroon?
78′: Mexico just doesn’t look like it is going to be broken this game. Unfortunately, they don’t really look like scoring either. I don’t think Cesar has had much to do this game.
80′: Silva should be lucky that wasn’t red. VICIOUS tackle on Hernandez about 25 yards away from goal. TV says that it is 23 meters away. 23 meters is 25.15 yards. I was pretty close!
84′: Dos Santos comes off, Jimenez comes on. Oscar off, Willian on. Both teams are making their moves for the last 5 minutes.
85′: Dangerous free kick for Brazil. OCHOA!!!! OCHOA OCHOA OCHOA! ANOTHER AMAZING SAVE. Granted, the header was right at him this time, but he still had to parry it away from all the Brazilians! He only has 6 saves tonight, but they have all been HUGE!
86′: Really eating my words about Mexico not having a chance. MAYBE they can even sneak out a win!
88′: No call on the “foul” in the box. If Willian had stayed up, he would have had a scoring opportunity. Good no call. Referee has removed all fishiness from the stadium.
89′: Mexico needs to practice keeping shots down. Have they all been trying out for the NFL? I thought it was just Oscar.
90′: 3 minutes of added time. No foul on Neymar. He needs to be more creative to draw the fouls.
91′: Finally a somewhat big save by Cesar. He actually had to work for it.
92′: Mexico content in wasting time at this point. A little sad actually. They have played well enough to win, and bad enough to lose at the same time. Ochoa still deserves the game ball.
93′: That’s it. 0-0. An exciting 0-0 game. OCHOA is the man of the match by far. Would have lost big without him. Brazil was not creative enough to get a goal. Mexico took it to Brazil for 20ish minutes at the beginning of the 2nd half. Then Brazil had its chances, but not enough possession and creativity to make anything of their chances.
Post game: 1 point a piece. Deserved result for both teams.4 points for both teams after 2 games. We will have to wait until tomorrow to see how Croatia-Cameroon finish in order to see where these teams really stand.
Brazil plays (in my opinion) the worst team in the group in Cameroon. Therefore, Brazil should be through with 7 points.
Mexico will only need a tie to get through to the next stage. But a loss will see them out of the World Cup, UNLESS Cameroon somehow beats Brazil by enough goals.
If Cameroon-Croatia draw, then all 4 teams will still be alive and wide open. I cannot comprehend Brazil being knocked out in the group stage, especially being the host nation. The entire World Cup would have a different feel. Fortunately, Brazil should at least get a point from Cameroon and be through to the next stage.