Gullermo Ochoa made two brilliant saves to help Mexico tie Chile 0-0 in an international exhibition match Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 67,175 at Levi's Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers.
The contest matched two teams that were eliminated in the Round of 16 during World Cup play. Mexico lost to the Netherlands, 2-1, and Chile lost to host Brazil in penalty kicks after playing to a scoreless draw.
El Roja coach Jorge Sampaoli kept his World Cup roster intact for the match while Mexico coach Miguel Herrera gave Miguel Angel Herrera and Oswaldo Alanis their first starts in an attempt to remold his squad. He kept 10 members from the Mexican World Cup roster.
Mexico, which had the overwhelming support of the crowd, had two clear shots at the goal within 2 minutes midway through the second half. In the 65th minute, Giovani Dos Santos found himself alone with goalkeeper Claudio Bravo but rushed his shot and missed over the crossbar.
Oribe Perlata worked the ball into the penalty box to the right of the net and sent a pass across the net to Javier Antonio Orozco, who just missed high in the 67th minute.
Exhibit At L.A. Museum Showcases World's Love Affair With Soccer, The 'Beautiful Game'
Colombia Farming For World Cup Soccer Talent
Best Pix Of The Week
Who Said Women Don't Like Soccer?
Soccer Is A Path Away From Gangs, Drugs For Kids In Honduras
A Soccer Program Breaking Down Borders
Mexico vs. Brazil: Goalkeeper Ochoa Holds Off Neymar To A 0-0 Draw In World Cup Battle
Best Sports Pix Of The Week
Miguel Layun took a looping shot toward the goal that Bravo easily handled in the 77th minute. Bravo also stopped a point blank shot from Orozco in the 80th minute.
El Tri outshot Chile 6-5 in the first half, although Ochoa faced the lone shot on goal, turning back Arturo Vidal's shot.
Mexico's Paul Aguilar received a yellow card late in the first half. El Roja's Eugenio Mena also saw yellow in the final minute of the half.
Mexico forward Marco Fabian earned a yellow card in the 90th minute, though Vidal sent the ensuing kick over the top of the net.