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Neymar's brace inspires Brazil to top Group A

Posted: 23 June 2014 Time: 19:39

Neymar starred once again with a brace to help Brazil secure top spot in Group A, ahead of Mexico, on goal difference.

Neymar scored a double to help Brazil to a 4- victory over Cameroon in the final round of fixtures in Group A, with Fred and Fernandinho chipping in amongst the goals as well.

AS IT HAPPENED

An entertaining first half saw three goals, with both sides looking to go on the attack and showing real intent in trying to score. 

 
Brazil immediately got off to a good start with a number of attacks launched on the Cameroonian goal, but were unlucky not to get the final shot away to threaten goalkeeper Itandje.
 
Neymar got the opener in the 17th minute after excellent work from Luis Gustavo, who stole the ball from the Cameroon defence and delivered a delightful low cross into the box for Neymar to redirect the ball past Itandje and inside the far post.
 
Cameroon didn’t drop their heads though, as they ran at the hosts immediately after conceding, winning a couple of corners for their efforts. Matip had the best opportunity as his header hit Julio Cesar’s cross-bar from a corner, and the referee awarded another corner as the ball was adjudged to have deflected off a Brazilian head.
 
The corner led to yet another opportunity for Cameroon as the ball fell to Allan Nyom at the back post, who then delivered in a low cross which passed Cesar and found Matip, with the defender making no mistake to tap into the net from close range.
 
Both teams were still focussed on offence as Brazil and Cameroon had their fair share of attacks. Brazil understandably looked the more urgent side though, as they passed the ball with real fluency inside the Cameroon half.
 
A few good passes between Neymar, Oscar and Hulk saw the latter ending up with the ball and the goal at his mercy, but the stocky attacker failed to get a shot away.
 
Neymar restored Brazil’s lead before the break, after a great run which saw the striker cut in from the left wing and unleash a good strike to beat Itandje, and half-time soon followed.
 
The two sides got off to a similar start in the second half as Brazil launched the first attack, but Cameroon did well to contain the hosts for the opening five minutes of the second half.
 
Fred finally broke his World Cup duck as he headed home from a good David Luiz cross in the 50th minute. Replays, however, showed that the striker was slightly offside at the time of the cross from Luiz, but the goal stood nonetheless.
 
It was all Brazil from then on, and Fernandinho, who came on for Paulinho at the break, capped off a good display from the Brazilians with a fine finsih of his own. Oscar intercepted after a poorly taken quick free-kick form Cameroon just outside their box, and the Chelsea midfielder passes to Fernandinho who placed the ball beyond Itandje once again and into the Cameroonian net.
 
With a 4-1 result in favour of Brazil, the win saw the hosts topping Group A, with Mexico finishing in second place after a 3-1 win over Croatia. Brazil will now face Group B runners-up Chile, and Mexico will play Group B winners Netherlands in the first two Round of 16 fixtures.
 
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Article by: Chad Klate (@CKlatey)

AWAY: Brazil

Livefyre comments on this story...

fortune_ COWloba
posted: 2014-06-23 19:24:43

How did Cameroon qualify madoda,even Ethiopia would have done better ,miss those Ethiopian female fans

Lavista4Life
posted: 2014-06-23 20:35:18

neymar is on fire!

shlalo
posted: 2014-06-23 20:52:44

All i will say, is that brazil wont win this cup oksalayo, noma bangayishaya i cameroon. Useshilo ke ushlalo wezihlalo.

Lipton Rhino
posted: 2014-06-23 21:40:18

Orlando Pirates Fans they always think Amasimba couse they're team Amasimba. Love & Peace. 

Red hot black n white
posted: 2014-06-23 21:48:19

Cameroon is disgrace

Red hot black n white
posted: 2014-06-23 21:48:43

Cameroon is a disgrace

Red hot black n white
posted: 2014-06-23 21:51:29

They run like those gogos from limpopo (vhakegulu vhakegulu). I just wonder how they qualified with that kak defence. Obviously they used dirty tricks.

Bucs Passion
posted: 2014-06-23 22:20:08

Neymar proved his worth to his doubters

MorelifeKhuboni
posted: 2014-06-23 23:22:30

Neymar is a deadly striker and he's gonna finish tournament as a top goalscorer....

gebhula4sure
posted: 2014-06-23 23:24:01

Neymar

nox87
posted: 2014-06-24 00:35:58

Cameroon were just useless in this WC

Mdu Mpansi84
posted: 2014-06-24 03:59:37

Brazil not for me their jouney ends with chile

FrankT
posted: 2014-06-24 04:10:35

Cameroon what a disappointing flops !!!!!!!

FootFancyWork
posted: 2014-06-24 04:26:20

Will the Cameroon side reject the bonuses?????

Phenyoza
posted: 2014-06-24 04:42:47

Cameroon went to Brazil to embarrass Africa


Phenyoza
posted: 2014-06-24 04:43:07

MorelifeKhuboni not a chance baba


Phenyoza
posted: 2014-06-24 04:43:29

Lindos4bucs Against Cameroon and Croatia? Oh please


deleted_21347421_deleted_21347421_Soccer Critic
posted: 2014-06-24 04:47:04

Id be lying if i say im suprised.

Click_
posted: 2014-06-24 05:06:14

What was Cameroon doing in this world cup?..

Waste of space nje.. Bending over and donating 3 points carelessly for whoever was in need..

Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Algeria stand a very good chance to qualify for last 16.. Not so sure about Ghana..

Maar Cameroon??.. Mxm, difebe..

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