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Mexican Goalkeeper ‘Memo’ Ochoa's Incredible World Cup Performance Is Now a Meme on Twitter

Written by Juan ArellanoTranslated by Gabriela García Calderón On 19 June 2014 @ 1:01 am | 2 Comments

In Brazil, Citizen Media, Feature, Latin America, Mexico, Spanish, Sport, Weblog


Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa in full action. Photo posted by Twitter user @futbolperu.com [1].

The star of Brazil-Mexico World Cup match, which ended in a 0-0 tie [2], was Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa [3], who more than once impressively blocked Brazilian shots, saving his national team goal. The match ended with a tied score without goals.

The game was a nail-biter, despite the lack of goals. “Brazilian attacks didn't stop, although each time they came across a magnificent Ochoa who fearlessly and with absolute confidence became a wall against the shots from the rival,” wrote Spanish-language website Apuntes de Fútbol [2].

A photo from this tweet shows the moment when Ochoa deflected [4] a powerful headbutt by Brazilian superstar Neymar:

Memo Ochoa's blocking a headbutt by Neymar.

From that moment on, his performance inspired various memes on social media. 

Octopus Ochoa. Version 2.

Today, Ochoa could see The Matrix. He blocked everything.

A tweet depicted the Mexican goalkeeper with the classic charro style:

Take a look at more memes about the game in this post [19] on LifeBox. Meanwhile, among the many trending hashtags in Mexico about the game. #GraciasOchoa [20] (thanks Ochoa) was a trending topic for a while.

From Colombia, Alfredo Carreño wrote [21] about the performance of the Brazilian crew on his blog Cápsulas de fútbol (football capsules):

Fiado todo a Neymar sin demasiado, la ‘canarinha’ acabó sufriendo ante Chicharito, Guardado y compañía mientras el ‘canta y no llores resonaba entre una confundida ‘torcida’ brasileña. Primera lección que tiene que aprender un Neymar que se pasó de emociones en la previa y se apagó más de la cuenta en el momento de la verdad.

Relying completely on a not so shiny Neymar, the ‘canarinha’ [as the Brazilian team is known for its yellow shirt] suffered facing Chicharito, Guardado and co. while the [popular Mexican folk song lyrics] ‘sing and don't cry’ resounded among a confused Brazilian ‘torcida’ [as the Brazilian fans are known]. First lesson for a Neymar who was overly emotional before the game and went off more than the bill at the moment of truth.

Another scene that became popular online was the one of a Mexican female fan at the stadium:

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URLs in this post:

[1] @futbolperu.com: https://twitter.com/futbolperucom/statuses/479010342958534656

[2] 0-0 tie: http://misnotasyapuntes.blogspot.com/2014/06/mexico-y-brasil-empatan-cero-goles.html

[3] Guillermo Ochoa: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillermo_Ochoa

[4] deflected: http://www.laprensa.hn/lasultimas24/720367-98/video-memo-ochoa-realiza-la-tapada-del-mundial?m=1

[5] #FOTO: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23FOTO&src=hash

[6] http://t.co/9b8gjL5Mlc: http://t.co/9b8gjL5Mlc

[7] pic.twitter.com/UkkBDW8mdH: http://t.co/UkkBDW8mdH

[8] junio 17, 2014: https://twitter.com/record_mexico/statuses/478984046324629504

[9] http://t.co/pzRblKk0Co: http://t.co/pzRblKk0Co

[10] #MEX: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MEX&src=hash

[11] pic.twitter.com/kHK8Jh7iKh: http://t.co/kHK8Jh7iKh

[12] June 17, 2014: https://twitter.com/102greatgoals/statuses/479007988217180160

[13] pic.twitter.com/k2WyTDZC3r: http://t.co/k2WyTDZC3r

[14] June 17, 2014: https://twitter.com/martinhidalgo/statuses/479003252038860801

[15] pic.twitter.com/HkGidSDZbm: http://t.co/HkGidSDZbm

[16] June 17, 2014: https://twitter.com/Nikgaturro/statuses/479009848722718720

[17] pic.twitter.com/5K5IlXHoKC: http://t.co/5K5IlXHoKC

[18] June 17, 2014: https://twitter.com/MrFootyNewss/statuses/479005270858022912

[19] this post: http://www.lifeboxset.com/musica/los-memes-de-mexico-vs-brasil-ya-estan-aqui/

[20] #GraciasOchoa: https://twitter.com/hashtag/graciasochoa?f=realtime&src=tren

[21] wrote: http://www.ecbloguer.com/capsulas/?p=96415

[22] pic.twitter.com/siuRbVJAGS: http://t.co/siuRbVJAGS

[23] June 17, 2014: https://twitter.com/TheWorIdCup/statuses/479011273540001792

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