Thiago Silva (c)
Francisco Javier Rodríguez
José Juan Vázquez
Giovani dos Santos
aolo Rossi tells a story of how he was thrown out of a Sao Paulo taxi almost a decade after scoring the hat-trick which ended Brazil's World Cup hopes in 1982, so Guillermo Ochoa can at least rest easy in the knowledge that he has merely delivered a reality check to the nation's hopes of winning this tournament rather than end them completely.
Whether the Mexico goalkeeper's heroic performance in Fortaleza, which secured a 0-0 draw against the hosts, is ultimately regarded as the first sign of Brazil's inability to triumph at their own World Cup remains to be seen.
But by producing four top-class saves to deny Brazil, the 28-year-old Ochoa – currently a free agent after being released by Ajaccio following their relegation from the French first division last month – earned Mexico which they fully deserved against Luiz Felipe Scolari's functional team.
Neymar had his moments, but Brazil relied too heavily on the 22-year-old talisman, and Scolari was forced to admit that Ochoa was the real star of the show.
"I did not like their keeper," Scolari said. "He was really spectacular, his blocks were great and he was very calm.
"But Mexico has a very good team and good quality and we cannot overlook that. They know how to play." Scolari will get short shrift from the Brazilian public if he attempts to suggest Mexico are now a serious rival, however.
His team are under immense pressure to deliver a sixth world title on home turf, but they will not achieve their goal if they continue to perform like this.
With such emotion and fervour inside the stadium â€" particularly the powerful rendition of Hino Nacional Brasileiro which moved Neymar to tears – the Estadio Castelao would appear to have been a hostile environment for Mexico.
But the Mexicans, who only secured qualification via a two-legged play-off against New Zealand last November, were clearly unfazed by the prospect of taking on Scolari's players.
No team has been able to get under the skin of Brazilians as regularly as Mexico since the turn of the millennium, with Brazil suffering six defeats and winning just four of their twelve meetings in that time, and a bruising first minute challenge by Jose Vazquez on Neymar was a sign of the Mexicans' refusal to be intimidated.
Neymar, sporting blonde highlights following his two-goal salvo in the opening day victory over Croatia, struggled to make headway and Mexico's destructive tactics were evident when the Barcelona forward was clattered by Francisco Rodriguez midway through the first-half.
But despite their readiness to play hard, Mexico also displayed pace and flair on the counter attack and the impressive Oribe Peralta caused problems for David Luiz and Thiago Silva in and around the Brazilian penalty area.
Brazil ultimately carved out the best chances of the first-half, but Ochoa produced two stunning saves to keep the scores level at the interval.
Ochoa, who dates the Mexican supermodel Karla Mora, dug out one of the saves of the tournament to deny Neymar on 27 minutes.
The Brazil number ten had outjumped his marker to connect with Dani Alves' cross and direct a bullet header goalwards, but Ochoa threw himself to his right and somehow pushed the ball away to safety.
And on the stroke of half-time, the goalkeeper raced off his line to smother a close range effort from Paulinho after the midfielder had sprung the offside trap to find himself free six yards from goal.
Despite their lively end to the first-half, Brazil's sluggish start to the second period emphasised the flaws in their game and the improvements they must make if they are to overcome the likes of Holland, Germany and Argentina.
Neymar, as talented as he undoubtedly is, is too young and inexperienced to carry the hopes of a frenzied nation, while those around him lack the class of previous Brazilian teams.
The selection of Paulinho ahead of Manchester City's Fernandinho remains baffling, while Fred is a striker only in the loosest sense.
Mexico could sense the anxiety among the Brazilians and should have taken the lead early in the second-half.
Vazquez sent a shot narrowly over the crossbar from 30 yards before Rodriguez and Giovani dos Santos went close with efforts from the edge of the penalty area.
Faced with the prospect of the roof caving in on his team in the result of a failure to win, Scolari replaced Fred with Jo, the former Manchester City forward, but the change did little to alter the momentum of the game.
Neymar continued to probe and threaten and he forced another crucial save from Ochoa with chest-trap and volley on 69 minutes.
Brazil lacked rhythm, though, and it was Mexico who ended the game looking more likely to score a winner after Silva had escaped a red card for a brutal foul on Javier Hernandez.
Silva then saw bullet header from Neymar's cross saved by Ochoa, but Mexico could have won it at the death when Raul Jimenez's curling shot was kept out by Julio Cesar.
The worry for Brazil is that Mexico deserved their point. Luck did not come into it.