Guillermo Ochoa's Iconic Save Preserves Point for Team Mexico


Guillermo Ochoa is only taking positives away from Mexico’s draw against Poland on Tuesday.

After all, the 37-year-old Mexican goalkeeper had an epic save in the 58th minute of the match off of a PK from Polish striker Robert Lewandowski to keep El Tri afloat.

Despite the 0-0 finish to conclude play on Stadium 974, Ochoa says he’s content with gaining one point and believes the team displayed a lot of great work on the field.

“We added a point, right?” he said. “Of course, we wanted the three points but you have to look at the positive side … If we continue like this, we could be close to winning.”

It wasn’t an easy save for Ochoa as historically Lewandowski has been nearly perfect at the line, boasting a 10-for-10 penalty kick record with Poland.

Mexico finished the match controlling the ball 61% of the time with 11 shots – four of which were on target – to Poland’s six (two on target).

Mexico’s coach Gerardo Martino applauded the team for staying even-keeled throughout the match but noted that his team should have done more in the first half.

Ochoa’s heroic save comes a day after American goalkeeper Matt Turner made a great PK save against Wales’ defender Ben Davies to end the game in a tie for the Stars and Stripes rather than a loss.

In the day’s breakdown in Qatar, Saudi Arabia leads Argentina, Poland and Mexico in Group C with three points. Poland and Mexico have one, and Argentina is blank. 

Mexico now takes on Argentina on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET, 11 a.m. PT.

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