Australia were very fortunate to come away with a point in their Group G opening match with Mexico, scoring with their only shot on target. While possession was split evenly between the two sides, Mexico created more chances only to be thwarted by desperate defending on the line.
Carlos Vela scored his tenth international goal to put Mexico in front seven minutes before half-time, with a stunning run that started in his own half, beating four opponents and slotting past Federici from fifteen yards out.
Midway through the second-half and Australia won a header in the midfield from a Mexican goal kick and got the ball forwards quickly. Scott McDonald had the ball taken from him, but it ran nicely through to Matt Simon whose shot from just inside the box deflected wickedly off Néstor Araujo and wrong-footed Guillermo Ochoa.
After the equaliser, both sides made changes and the match lost any sense of rhythm, with both sides eventually having to settle for a point in a group that also contains Argentina, who play Sweden tonight.
FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2014 MATCH 12: GROUP G AUSTRALIA 1-1 MEXICO Simon 65 Vela 38 Sao Paulo
GROUP G P W D L F A GD Pts 1. Australia 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 1 =. Mexico 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 1 3. Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 =. Sweden 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0