Mexico's Guillermo Ochoa Hailed as World Cup Legend After Penalty Save vs. Poland

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVNovember 22, 2022

DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 22: Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa saves a penalty kick from Robert Lewandowski of Poland during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C match between Mexico and Poland at Stadium 974 on November 22, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images

Mexico settled for a 0-0 draw against Poland in its opening match of the 2022 World Cup.

With little production from the attack, it was goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa who left as the hero for Mexico on Tuesday. He came through with the game's biggest moment, saving a penalty kick from Polish star Robert Lewandowski in the 58th minute:

FOX Soccer @FOXSoccer

OCHOA BLOCKS LEWANDOWSKI'S PENALTY FOR MEXICO ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ <a href="https://t.co/j9qO1Sodyt">pic.twitter.com/j9qO1Sodyt</a>

Fans were going wild watching the 37-year-old veteran in goal:

B/R Football @brfootball

Memo Ochoa literally every World Cup: <a href="https://t.co/yCYyKWQ59G">pic.twitter.com/yCYyKWQ59G</a>

The Athletic Soccer @TheAthleticSCCR

The legend of Guillermo Ochoa continues to grow ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FIFAWorldCup?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FIFAWorldCup</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MEX?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MEX</a> <a href="https://t.co/5qrrtsfhwF">pic.twitter.com/5qrrtsfhwF</a>

Amil Bhatnagar @AmilwithanL

Average club season but in World cups, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ochoa?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ochoa</a> is literally Superman. This is his fifth. Truly a legend. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldcupQatar2022?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WorldcupQatar2022</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MexicovsPoland?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MexicovsPoland</a>

Edoardo Avila @edoardoavila

Every four years, ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Guillermo Ochoa reminds the world of just how good he is<br><br>ยกPACO MEMO DEUS! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QatarWorldCup2022?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QatarWorldCup2022</a>

Emmanuel Ayamga @EmmanuelAyamga_

Guillermo Ochoa doesnโ€™t look like a 37-year-old. He actually looks 19 and with the reflexes of a teenager too.

FOX Soccer @FOXSoccer

Mexico fans ERUPT after Ochoa's save ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ <a href="https://t.co/tOgHCOzT6u">pic.twitter.com/tOgHCOzT6u</a>

Ibrahim H. @KingOfQueenz

Ochoa really a World Cup legend


Guillermo Ochoa reappears every four years and turns into the best player in the world for a few weeks.

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Ochoa in the World Cup <a href="https://t.co/SLeRgdaE4M">pic.twitter.com/SLeRgdaE4M</a>


Ochoa's world and we're all just living in it, every world cup since I can remember ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ ๐Ÿ

Solyman Jami @Jitokeze

Ochoa performing a masterclass every World Cup <a href="https://t.co/kZ5PxDeKz4">pic.twitter.com/kZ5PxDeKz4</a>

FIFA World Cup Stats @alimo_philip

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ This is 5th time Guillermo Ochoa is playing for Mexico at the FIFA World Cup.<br><br>๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany 2006 <br>๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ South Africa 2010 <br>๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil 2014 <br>๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia 2018 <br>๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Qatar 2022 <br><br>๐Ÿ” <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FIFAWorldCup?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FIFAWorldCup</a> Legend ๐Ÿ•ท๏ธ<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MEX?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MEX</a> |<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/POL?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#POL</a> |<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Qatar2022?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Qatar2022</a> <a href="https://t.co/QgJNPe7ToK">pic.twitter.com/QgJNPe7ToK</a>

Ashwin Raman @AshwinRaman_

ochoa is to the world cup what mariah carey is to christmas

It was one of only two saves in the match for Ochoa, but he did enough to earn a clean sheet against a quality opponent.

The match featured few other real chances, although Mexico appeared to be the more aggressive team. The team had five shots to Poland's one in the first half, but they couldn't take advantage of opportunities.

Joe Prince-Wright @JPW_NBCSports

Really good first half from Mexico. Dominant and have had the better chances. If Raul Jimenez is fit enough, he could have a lot of joy in the final 30 minutes of this game. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ElTri?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ElTri</a> whipping in plenty of good crosses. Poland havenโ€™t got going and Lewandowski has hardly had a kick.

manoj gairola @manoj_gairola

Mexico played better in first half. Almost dominated. Though 0-0 at first half, but good game. Mexico is the best team in the pool as of now.

FOX Soccer @FOXSoccer

So close ๐Ÿ˜ฌ<br><br>Mexico is knocking in the first half ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ <a href="https://t.co/4R7VFfKVrz">pic.twitter.com/4R7VFfKVrz</a>

Lukas Weese @Weesesports

Glorious chance for Mexico. <br><br>Header just wide. <br><br>Match remains scoreless. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FIFAWorldCup?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FIFAWorldCup</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MEX?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MEX</a>

There weren't many more quality looks in the second half for either team outside of the missed penalty, resulting in a scoreless draw.

Saudi Arabia is now the surprising team on top of Group C after an upset win against Argentina earlier on Tuesday. Mexico will now face a desperate Argentina squad on Saturday as both sides look to gain three important points.