Like the way attack is an integral part of a football match, similarly defence and goalkeeping is an equally important part of the equation. As we talk about goal-keeping, an eternal goal-keeping legend once again came out in blazing colours, putting an end to a spot-kick from one of the most sublime goal-scorers in the world at the moment, Robert Lewandowski. However, the man who emerged as the hero again was none other than Mexican goal-keeper, Guillermo Ochoa.
The first half didn’t summon the Mexican custodian into action as it was more of a scrappy display from both the sides with occasional bursts of brilliance from both sides. However, the complexion changed completely in the second half as Poland started pressing their feet on the accelerator.
It was the 55th minute when the game turned on its head with Poland’s repeated incursions paying off handsome dividends as Lewandowski was clipped inside the box by Hector Moreno after a brief scuffle and despite the referee initially turning down the penalty appeal, he was forced to overturn his decision after VAR intervention.
Here is what Twitter had to say about Guillermo Ochoa
Only when Lewa stepped up for the spot-kick, he faced friction from Ochoa who pranced a bit before going for the save and before the Polish striker could have done anything to regain control of the ball, Guillermo Ochoa had his name written again in the history books, thwarting Lewa from flipping in the first of the night.
Ochoa became the first Mexican goal-keeper since 1966 to save a World Cup penalty exclusive of the shootouts. However, that was the only possible attempt on goal that came out of the blue, a bit fortuitous if a football fan may dare to say, post which the Poles curled back into their shell. Twitter absolutely loved the legendary save from Ochoa as Mexico finished with shared spoils against Poland.
Here comes the strength of prime Kahn, Yashin, Casillas, Buffon and every last guard of the citadel under the Mexican woodwork, Guillermo Ochoa. 🔥#MexicovsPoland #FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/yfyzPF9EfuAdvertisement
— Lord Vader (@MadmaxVader) November 22, 2022
Guillermo Ochoa in the World Cup is the best goalkeeper in football history and I will not be allowing any further discussion.Advertisement
— Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) November 22, 2022
Mexicans reviving Guillermo Ochoa every 4 years pic.twitter.com/KLT9gMMdSYAdvertisement
— C (@FutbolChaz) November 22, 2022
5 World Cups and 16 years later, Guillermo Ochoa is still as strong as ever 💪 pic.twitter.com/frgijqd0PRAdvertisement
— 433 (@433) November 22, 2022
Mexico getting Guillermo Ochoa’s goalkeeper gloves ready for today pic.twitter.com/lB2LyGycSxAdvertisement
— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) November 22, 2022
Guillermo Ochoa. That's the tweet. pic.twitter.com/0ItAWG8QcPAdvertisement
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) November 22, 2022
Guillermo Ochoa has now saved 17 penalties in his career. This is his 4th penalty saved for Mexico.Advertisement
Iconic World Cup Keeper. 🇲🇽 pic.twitter.com/T0GmXlJOkY
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) November 22, 2022
Guillermo Ochoa in World Cups 🧱 pic.twitter.com/JGIqjMarcT
— GOAL (@goal) November 22, 2022