Though it was not on my radar as didn’t fit in my schedule of the day but the name Brazil was a strong motivator and I could somehow manage to catch the Brazil’s fight with Mexico post 30 minutes its start (12:30 AM India time, June 18).
And what a blissful experience it was. In fact, it was a better extension of the ‘England Vs Italy’ match viewing experience with Mexico taking its game to higher level to become equal rival to the world’s most beloved Soccer team, Brazil.
I am not Soccer fan but I love the FIFA World Cup, more than the Cricket World Cup. This is how the brilliant 60 minutes of the Brazil Vs Mexico match unfolded (yes, with the combined 4 minutes of the extra time as well).
There were multiple rapid strikes and attacks to the goalposts and both teams efficiently tried to outdo each other but Mexico’s defense came out to be better and it was led by its goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, the hero of the day, not just for Mexico, but for the fans of the World Cup and Soccer, and he found respect from the rival of the day as well, a well deserved one.
Even if I could not watch the complete match, during the period I watched the match had four beautiful and miraculous moves by Ochoa saving the Mexicans and frustrating the Brazilians who could not score till last. The growing frustration was visible on the face of Luiz Felipe Scolari, the Brazil coach, as the match was nearing its end.
Both teams charged with the ball multiple times and were able to keep the ball in other’s half, in the area of penalty arc, for quite a significant time. In fact, I found Mexico doing better here though Brazil caught up later.
Mexico attacked superbly and Ochoa proved a wall for Brazil – an equal show – a fine game – a day of Mexico indeed – Mexico equaled and were better at times, frustrating Brazil, leaving them goalless – a true world cup game.
Next game in my prioritized list is Spain Vs Chile at 12:30 AM India time tomorrow. Spain, the defending world champions, need to deliver and score a handsome victory in this match to bounce back, to remain in the league, after their dismal show in the game against the Dutch.
It’s time for some good moments, some quality TV viewing time..
Enjoy the game. You don’t need to be a soccer expert for it. Football was never my first love, yes, but the FIFA World Cup is different.
The motion, the action, the crowds, all so volatile, all so paced up, like the high-pitched notes of every type of foot-thumping music – its so charming, so loving, so captivating.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/