Although Brazil’s 0-0 draw with Mexico was the second goalless game of the World Cup in two days, thrill-seekers should not despair as the match had little in common with Iran and Nigeria’s stupefying stalemate.
The two sides took 28 shots between them, with Guillermo Ochoa making a series of stunning saves in the Mexico goal to keep the Selecao at bay.
The Canaries’ draw cast some doubts on their chances of winning the competition, but they remain favourites at 39/10 to the lift the trophy.
After deciding to quit relegated Ligue 1 club Ajaccio this summer, Ochoa will have no doubt hoped one or two fine displays in Brazil might boost the interest in his services, but even he could not have expected such a perfect night against the hosts.
Ochoa made fives saves in total, more than any other keeper has managed in one game in the tournament so far.
The pick of the bunch was a flying stop to block Neymar’s header that evoked Gordon Banks’ famous save from Pele in 1970 so much that the former England keeper trended on Brazilian Twitter.
The 28-year-old’s clean sheet was his second of the competition, with the Ajaccio stopper enjoying a slightly easier night in Mexico’s 1-0 win over Cameroon.
Several French clubs are likely to offer Ochoa the chance to stay in Ligue 1 this summer, but his World Cup heroics might renew interest from Arsenal and Liverpool, who have both been linked with him in the past.
Ochoa’s free agent status will make him appealing choice as a back up option to Simon Mignolet or Wojciech Szczesny, especially as Lukasz Fabianski will leave the Gunners this summer.
However, there might be a case for saying the Mexican could put pressure on either man for the number one spot given the pair’s penchant for the occasional blunder.
Arsenal’s Polish number one made two errors leading to goals last season, but even that figure is put in the shade by Mignolet’s five, the highest amount by any player in the Premier League.
Either as a backup option or as genuine competition for a first-team spot, Ochoa’s remarkable display against Brazil shows he could be one of the bargains of this summer’s transfer window.