Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa: the World Cup's new internet darling

Brazil could not find a way past Mexico's inspired goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa when they met in Fortaleza. He is currently without a club, but Ochoa has many admirers online
• Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa is a player of substance

If you were building a team of the tournament so far, who would make it into your first XI? You could have Robin van Persie and Karim Benzema up top, with Thomas Müller providing support from his floating position. Toni Kroos and Andrea Pirlo could spread the ball from midfield with Yohan Cabaye shielding a defence of Daley Blind, Mats Hummels, Rafael Márquez and Daryl Janmaat. With a team that attack-minded, you would need a decent goalkeeper: step forward Guillermo Ochoa.

Ochoa kept a clean sheet in Mexico's opening match, their 1-0 defeat of Cameroon last Friday, but he didn't face a shot on target until the 90th minute. Things were not so simple against Brazil, who tested him on seven occasions. These were not run-of-the-mill, straight-down-the-middle daisycutters; Brazil pummelled Ochoa's goal, making him stretch one way and then the other to repel headers, volleys and a general bombardment of traffic towards his net.

The Brazil striker Fred said Ochoa had performed "four miracles", which might have been stretching things a little, but the man himself was no less excited: "It was the game of my life." The internet agreed:

Ochoa in motion

Ochoa as protection

Ochoa as Time cover star

Ochoa as Goro (one for the geeks)

Ochoa's hands

Ochoa as Superman

Ochoa as The Thing

Ochoa as Gandalf

Ochoa as a Mexican stereotype

Ochoa's Wikipedia vandalism

Ochoa as a wall

Saint Ochoa

Ochoa visualised

Ochoa as another wall

Ochoa as Neo

Ochoa as hipsters' choice

Apparently he put in an even better performance for AC Ajaccio against Paris Saint-Germain last season. Of course he did.

How impressed were you and who would make your team of the World Cup so far?

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