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World Cup: Cameroon 1-4 Brazil

Brazil's Neymar celebrates goal against Cameroon

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Brazil put four past Cameroon to go top of Group A

Neymar scored twice in a man-of-the-match display as Brazil rediscovered their attacking flair to overwhelm Cameroon and qualify for the World Cup knockout stage.

The 22-year-old produced two brilliant first-half strikes either side of a Joel Matip equaliser, with Fred and Fernandinho assuring their side of a place in the last 16 as winners of Group A.

Standing between the hosts and a place in the quarter-finals are Chile, and Brazil can approach that meeting in Belo Horizonte on Saturday with renewed belief that they are serious title contenders.

Unconvincing performances against Croatia and Mexico raised concerns about the hosts - and worries remain over their defence - but with Neymar at their disposal, anything is possible.

Who has qualified for the last 16?
Brazil (Group A)
Mexico (Group A)
Netherlands (Group B)
Chile (Group B)
Colombia (Group C)
Costa Rica (Group D)
Argentina (Group F)
Belgium (Group H)

The Barcelona forward was back at the scene of his spectacular goal against Japan in the opening game of last year's Confederations Cup, which kick-started Brazil's march to that title, and coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will desperately hope this result can have a similar impact.

Scolari named an identical line-up to the one that beat Japan, meaning Hulk returned from injury to replace Ramires in the same 4-3-3 formation that edged them past Croatia.

Any frustration from Tuesday's 0-0 draw with Mexico appeared to have dissipated as droves of yellow-and-green-clad fans created a sensational atmosphere inside Brasilia's magnificent Estadio Nacional, and Brazil responded by pouring forward in search of an early goal.

Neymar of Brazil
Neymar's double made him the tournament's leading scorer with four goals

They almost had it when a Paulinho shot was blocked after Neymar played in Hulk to cross, but such attacking ambition left them exposed in defence and Cameroon looked to capitalise.

A sharp break ended with Marcelo blocking a goalbound Vincent Aboubakar strike before David Luiz was forced to frantically clear Eric Choupo Moting's low centre inside the six yard box.

Brazil did not, however, seem in the mood to curb their natural instincts and after Neymar had been riled by Allan Nyom's off-the-ball shove, the 22-year-old made his mark.

Luiz Gustavo won possession on the left and crossed for Neymar who beat keeper Charles Itandje with a delightful first-time, side-footed finish into the bottom corner.

It was a fitting way to register the 100th goal of this World Cup - and the same man almost made it two with a ferocious volley that Itandje did well to punch away.

Who is out of the World Cup?
Cameroon (Group A)
Croatia (Group A)
Australia (Group B)
Spain (Group B)
England (Group D)
Bosnia-Hercegovina (Group F)

The stadium was rocking but would soon fall silent as Cameroon exposed the hosts' shaky defence, Nyom beating Dani Alves and squaring for Matip to escape Luiz and finish from close range.

Scolari gesticulated wildly to his players and they responded in the only way they know, Marcelo finding Neymar to race upfield and wrong-foot Itandje for his 35th goal in 52 internationals.

Neymar was now showboating and he combined with Oscar and Paulinho to set up Hulk for what would have been a sensational team effort, only for Hulk to miscue.

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Scolari replaced Paulinho at half-time with Fernandinho - a player many supporters and pundits had been calling for to start the game - and it had an immediate impact.

The Manchester City midfielder sent Hulk clear, Henri Bedimo arriving with a perfectly timed challenge, and then found Luiz to cross for Fred to extend Brazil's lead.

Replays suggested he was offside but referee Jonas Eriksson stood firm and Fred celebrated a moment that should help his confidence after poor showings against Croatia and Mexico.

Fernandinho slotted home a superb fourth that his contribution deserved and Brazil's satisfaction was increased by the fact that all of their players who were one booking away from a suspension - Neymar, Thiago Silva, Luiz Gustavo and Ramires - finished without punishment.

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari: "I think Fernandinho coming in was critical and we created a number of good chances in attack. Nature doesn't make leaps, things evolve step by step and this is what we are doing.

"If I could choose I would have picked someone else as Chile are a good South American team. They have quality, they are organised and they have the will to succeed.

"I will look at things when all the adrenaline has left our bodies. Sometimes when we look at the match again in the cold light of day we see it in a different way."

Brazil striker Neymar: "There is no pressure. I've always said there is no pressure when you are making a dream come true and doing something you have sought after since you were a kid.

Brazil's Neymar celebrates scoring the 100th goal of the tournament

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Neymar scores the 100th goal of Brazil 2014

"I'm now playing in matches that I always dreamed about. I just want to help my fellow players not only by scoring goals but doing whatever it takes on the pitch to help us win.

"We are on the right track and the whole team is getting better and getting close to our target."

Cameroon coach Volker Finke: "Over the last two or three years we have not been that good but we managed to qualify for the World Cup and now we are disappointed we have not won a match.

"It's terrible and we are suffering this but we have gained experience and what we need to do is focus and concentrate for the next challenge.

"The first half wasn't so bad but it's true we need to focus for the whole 90 minutes."

Joel Matip of Cameroon celebrates with his Cameroon team-mates
Cameroon stunned the hosts when Joel Matip equalised
Fred of Brazil
Brazil striker Fred tried to score with a header off the floor
Fred of Brazil
Fred scored his first goal of the World Cup with a second-half header

Line-ups

Cameroon

  • 16Itandje
  • 22Nyom
  • 12Bedimo
  • 17MbiaBooked at 80mins
  • 3N'Koulou
  • 21Matip
  • 8MoukandjoSubstituted forSalliat 58'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 18EnohBooked at 11mins
  • 10AboubakarSubstituted forWebóat 72'minutes
  • 7N'Guémo
  • 13Choupo-MotingSubstituted forMakounat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Feudjou
  • 4Djeugoue
  • 5Nounkeu
  • 9Eto'o
  • 11Makoun
  • 14Chedjou
  • 15Webó
  • 19Olinga Essono
  • 20Salli
  • 23Ndjock

Brazil

  • 12Julio César
  • 2Dani Alves
  • 6Marcelo
  • 17Luiz Gustavo
  • 3Thiago Silva
  • 4David Luiz
  • 7HulkSubstituted forRamiresat 63'minutes
  • 8PaulinhoSubstituted forFernandinhoat 45'minutes
  • 9Fred
  • 11Oscar
  • 10NeymarSubstituted forWillianat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Jefferson
  • 5Fernandinho
  • 13Dante
  • 14Maxwell
  • 15Henrique
  • 16Ramires
  • 18Hernanes
  • 19Willian
  • 20Bernard
  • 21
  • 22Victor
  • 23Maicon
Referee:
Jonas Eriksson
Attendance:
69,112

Match Stats

Home TeamCameroonAway TeamBrazil
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home12
Away19
Shots on Target
Home1
Away11
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Cameroon 1, Brazil 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cameroon 1, Brazil 4.

Attempt missed. Nicolas N'Koulou (Cameroon) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jean Makoun.

Foul by David Luiz (Brazil).

Edgar Salli (Cameroon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Willian (Brazil) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcelo.

Foul by Ramires (Brazil).

Henri Bedimo (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dani Alves (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pierre Webó (Cameroon).

Foul by Luiz Gustavo (Brazil).

Jean Makoun (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Oscar (Brazil).

Landry N'Guémo (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fernandinho (Brazil).

Landry N'Guémo (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Landry N'Guémo (Cameroon) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Marcelo (Brazil).

Jean Makoun (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Cameroon 1, Brazil 4. Fernandinho (Brazil) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Oscar.

Offside, Brazil. Marcelo tries a through ball, but Oscar is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Marcelo (Brazil) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Brazil. Conceded by Joel Matip.

Attempt blocked. Dani Alves (Brazil) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Cameroon. Jean Makoun replaces Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

Delay in match Luiz Gustavo (Brazil) because of an injury.

Booking

Stéphane Mbia (Cameroon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Luiz Gustavo (Brazil) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stéphane Mbia (Cameroon).

Offside, Brazil. Fred tries a through ball, but Ramires is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Fred (Brazil) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcelo.

Foul by Oscar (Brazil).

Nyom (Cameroon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Edgar Salli (Cameroon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay in match Dani Alves (Brazil) because of an injury.

Dani Alves (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Edgar Salli (Cameroon).

Fernandinho (Brazil) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brazil321057
2Mexico321037
3Croatia310203
4Cameroon3003-80

B

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Netherlands330079
2Chile320126
3Spain3102-33
4Australia3003-60

C

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Colombia220046
2Ivory Coast210103
3Japan2011-11
4Greece2011-31

D

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Costa Rica220036
2Italy210103
3Uruguay2101-13
4England2002-20

E

TeamPWDLGDPts
1France220066
2Ecuador210103
3Switzerland2101-23
4Honduras2002-40

F

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Argentina220026
2Nigeria211014
3Iran2011-11
4Bos-Herze2002-20

G

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Germany211044
2USA211014
3Ghana2011-11
4Portugal2011-41

H

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Belgium220026
2Algeria210113
3Russia2011-11
4South Korea2011-21
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