Ochoa the standout for valiant Mexicans

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 29, 2014 at 5:40 pm •  Published: June 29, 2014
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FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — He'd stopped two of the world's most famous forwards, and on Sunday, Brazilians and Mexicans alike chanted his name.

Guillermo Ochoa was one of the main reasons why Mexico was on the brink of reaching the quarterfinals at the World Cup — before the Netherlands came from a goal down to win 2-1 with two late goals.

Voted man of the match, he was inconsolable.

"It isn't easy to go out this way, the way this match went," said a keeper who had denied Brazil star Neymar and Dutch forward Arjen Robben at the World Cup. "It's just very hard to deal with when victory escapes you this way."

However, the 28-year-old keeper, who plays for French second division team Ajaccio, now looks likely to attract the attention of Europe's bigger clubs. He almost single handedly held Brazil to a 0-0 draw in the group stage and then kept the Dutch at bay until the final minutes in the second round on Sunday.

He twice prevented what looked like certain goals, getting between Stefan de Vrij and the ball in the 57th minute and then dropping down to stop Robben nine minutes later.

Eventually, Ochoa was beaten by Wesley Sneijder in the 88th minute, with almost no time to react to his powerful low volley that traveled through a crowded penalty area. And he was given no chance by Klaas Jan Huntelaar's coolly-taken penalty in injury time that secured victory for the Netherlands.

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