Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Mexico stuns Brazil with spectacular goals from Castillo and Morales
by Paul Kennedy, June 28th, 2007 7AM

TAGS:  brazil, copa america, mexico


After losing to the USA at the Gold Cup, Brazil looked downright easy.

Mexico got spectacular goals from striker Nery Castillo and midfielder Ramon Morales midway through the first half and held off a second-half onslaught to earn a 2-0 win over the defending champion in their opening Group B game Tuesday.

The Uruguayan-bred Castillo, who put on quite a show in a losing effort against the USA in Chicago, flicked the ball over defender Juan's head and then past Brazil goalkeeper Doni without letting it touch the ground to give the Tri the lead.

Morales added a second goal, curling his free kick from 30 yards around the Brazilian wall and past Doni.

Brazil came to life when it brought on teenager Anderson, the recent Manchester United signing, and Afonso, from tiny Dutch club Heerenveen, but goalie Guillermo Ochoa saved Mexico with several world-class saves.

The closest Brazil came to scoring was when Robinho hit the woodwork.

Mexico captain Rafael Marquez, who only played against the USA at the Gold Cup because of commitments with Spanish club Barcelona, said it was too early to celebrate.

"Beating a team like Brazil is a great thrill and gives Mexico something to cheer about after our sad defeat against the United States in the Gold Cup,'' he said. "But we need to take the victory calmly. There's still plenty of work to do.''

In the other Group B opener, Chile twice came from one-goal deficits on goals by Humberto Suazo, then got a goal from substitute Carlos Villanueva on an 87th-minute free kick to beat Ecuador, 3-2.

June 27 in Puerto Ordaz
Mexico 2 Brazil 0. Goals: Castillo 21, Morales 29.
Mexico -- Ochoa, I.Castro (J.Castro, 64), Marquez, Magallon, Pinto, Arce, Correa, Torrado, Morales (Lozano, 78), Cacho (Bravo, 74), Castillo.
Brasil -- Doni, Maicon (Daniel Alves, 78), Alex, Juan, Gilberto, Gilberto Silva, Mineiro, Elano (Afonso, 46), Diego (Anderson, 46), Robinho, Vagner Love.
Referee: Sergio Pezzota (Argentina).
Att.: 35,000.

June 27 in Puerto Ordaz
Chile 3 Ecuador 2. Goals: Suazo 21, 80, Villanueva 87; Valencia 16, Benitez 23.
Chile -- Bravo, Ormeno, Contreras, Vargas, Gonzalez, Sanhueza, Melendez (Villanueva, 73), Valdivia, Fernandez (Riffo, 46), Navia (Lorca, 46), Suazo.
Ecuador -- Mora, de la Cruz, Hurtado, Espinoza, Bagui, Castillo, E.Tenorio, Valencia, Mendez, Benitez, Tenorio (Caicedo, 76).
Referee: Oscar Julian Ruiz (Colombia).
Att.: 35,000.

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS: RSL's Schuler, Gil and Silva are out of contract    
Real Salt Lake re-signed defender Jamison Olave and exercised the 2016 contract options on seven players, ...
MLS: Chicago's Larentowicz eligible for free agency    
Veteran Jeff Larentowicz, who started 29 games in 2015, was among nine players the Chicago Fire ...
What They're Saying: Kei Kamara    
"There was part of me saying, there's no way they can get two goals in the ...
U.S. Abroad: Bedoya sees red for Canaries    
Alejandro Bedoya's first Ligue 1 start for Nantes in more than two months ended ignominiously as ...
Red Bulls-Crew SC Takeaways: Columbus holds on, barely    
A 2-0 lead from the first leg proved to be just enough for Columbus to capture ...
FC Dallas-Portland Takeaways: Timbers are peaking    
On the verge of elimination in the shootout of the knockout round against Sporting Kansas City, ...
Video Pick: Klopp gets Scouse lesson from boy reporter     
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp sits down for an interview with 9-year-old Kop Kids reporter Isaac, who ...
MLS Best XI: A new order    
LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane, earning his fourth consecutive selection, was the only repeat selection on ...
What They're Saying: Livorno president Aldo Spinelli    
"I'm relaxed. At this time, the coach is not at risk." -- Livorno president Aldo Spinelli ...
U.S. Abroad: Fabian Johnson is on fire    
American midfielder Fabian Johnson is suddenly one of the hottest scorers in Germany. He scored two ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives