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Mexicans cheer goalkeeper as new soccer hero as tie with Brazil renews hope in fans

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    Mexico soccer fans celebrate at the Independence Monument after their team tied with Brazil in their 2014 World Cup soccer match, in Mexico City, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Mexico claimed a deserved point against Brazil in a largely frustrating Group A game which finished 0-0 at Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) (The Associated Press)

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    Mexico soccer fans celebrate after their team tied 0-0 with Brazil at the socc34 World Cup, at the Independence Monument in Mexico City, Tuesday June 17, 2014. Mexico claimed a deserved point against Brazil in a largely frustrating Group A game which finished 0-0 at Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil. (AP Photo/Sean Havey) (The Associated Press)

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    A couople of children, fans of the Mexican national soccer team, celebrate by the Independence Monument after their team tied with Brazil in their 2014 World Cup soccer match, in Mexico City, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Mexico claimed a deserved point against Brazil in a largely frustrating Group A game which finished 0-0 at Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) (The Associated Press)

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    A Mexico soccer fan reacts to a near goal while watching his team's World Cup soccer match with Brazil on a large screen set up at the Zocalo in Mexico City, Tuesday June 17, 2014. Mexico claimed a deserved point against Brazil in a largely frustrating Group A game which finished 0-0 at Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil. (AP Photo/Sean Havey) (The Associated Press)

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    A Mexico soccer fan cheers while watching his team play Brazil in the World Cup on a large screen set up at the Zocalo in Mexico City, Tuesday June 17, 2014. Mexico claimed a deserved point against Brazil in a largely frustrating Group A game which finished 0-0 at Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. (AP Photo/Sean Havey) (The Associated Press)

Mexican soccer fans found a new hero in goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who made a series of key saves in a tie with Brazil that stoked hopes that their team can advance in the World Cup.

Thousands watched the heart-stopping action in Tuesday's match on huge screens set up in Mexico City's vast main square known as the Zocalo. They jumped and screamed during each of Ochoa's four saves.

Some in the crowd chanted "Goalkeeper! Goalkeeper!" and waved Mexican flags. Others screamed "Ochoa! Ochoa!"

After the game ended in a 0-0 draw, hundreds walked to the capital's Angel of Independence statue for an impromptu street party that was broken up hours later by heavy rain.

Social media were abuzz with memes of Memo Ochoa clad in a Superman suit, adorned with Mexico's presidential sash, and dressed as St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes and a favorite among Mexico's poor.

The game's result left Mexico with a victory and a tie, giving it a good shot at advancing out of the tournament's first round.

"Today Mexico demonstrated its greatness," President Enrique Pena Nieto wrote on his Twitter account.

Tuesday's march seemed to re-energize Mexico fans who at start of the World Cup seemed resigned to seeing their team head home after the round of matches.

After Mexico's 1-0 victory over Cameroon last week, only a couple of hundred fans celebrated at the Angel of Independence.

One fan, Jorge Garcia, said the national soccer team showed Tuesday that it can face off the big teams.

"I believe Mexico has realized it can take on any team," Garcia said.