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By ESPN Staff
Jun 14, 2014

Ochoa: Mexico unfazed by Brazil

Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa says he and his teammates are relishing their next World Cup clash against Brazil after seeing off Cameroon on Friday.

- Hernandez: Mexico's relief after cagey opening win

El Tri opened up their campaign with a 1-0 win against the Indomitable Lions, with Oribe Peralta scoring the second-half winner in Natal.

The three points mean they now sit alongside hosts Brazil at the top of Group A, with the two teams due to meet in Fortaleza on Tuesday.

"We're not nervous about it at all," Ochoa told FIFA.com.

"In fact, getting a start like this has calmed our nerves. The team's only going to get stronger and we're on the up and up.

"So we'll be going into the game in a happy frame of mind and ready for the challenge."

Mexico did well to overcome the heavy rain in Natal on Friday, and could have defeated Cameroon by a bigger margin, with Giovani dos Santos having two goals controversially disallowed for offside.

"Our opponents made it a tough game and the conditions made it even harder. When you get rain like that it makes life difficult for goalkeepers, but I'm happy with the result," said Ochoa, who on his World Cup debut made a vital save in injury time to keep out a Benjamin Moukandjo header.

"I'm pleased I was able to help out my teammates on the pitch and to have made my debut at last. I was alert and luckily I was able to chip in with my save.

"The important thing is that we showed how brave we can be. The team looks pretty strong mentally."

Next up for Cameroon are Croatia on Wednesday, with the Indomitable Lions needing to secure a result in the game to keep their hopes of advancing to the knockout stages alive.

"We have five days to recover," Cameroon coach Volker Finke said. "We will analyse this together because the match against Croatia is very important if we want to stay alive."

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