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World Cup: Cameroon 1-4 Brazil

By David OrnsteinBBC Sport in Brasilia
Brazil score four past Cameroon to go through to the last-16

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.

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

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Soares De Espindola
  • 2Alves da Silva
  • 6Marcelo
  • 17Dias
  • 3Thiago Silva
  • 4David Luiz
  • 7Vieira de SouzaSubstituted forSantos do Nascimentoat 63'minutes
  • 8PaulinhoSubstituted forFernandinhoat 45'minutes
  • 9Chaves Guedes
  • 11Oscar
  • 10NeymarSubstituted forWillianat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1de Oliveira Galvao
  • 5Fernandinho
  • 13Costa Santos
  • 14Cabelino Andrade
  • 15Adriano Buss
  • 16Santos do Nascimento
  • 18de Carvalho Andrade Lima
  • 19Willian
  • 20Bernard
  • 21de Assis Silva
  • 22Bagy
  • 23Sisenando
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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cameroon 1, Brazil 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cameroon 1, Brazil 4.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by David Luiz (Brazil).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ramires (Brazil).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Pierre Webó (Cameroon).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Luiz Gustavo (Brazil).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Oscar (Brazil).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Fernandinho (Brazil).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Marcelo (Brazil).

  19. Post update

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

  20. 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.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil32107257
2Mexico32104137
3Croatia31026603
4Cameroon300319-80

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands330010379
2Chile32015326
3Spain310247-33
4Australia300339-60

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Colombia22005146
2Ivory Coast21013303
3Japan201112-11
4Greece201103-31

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Costa Rica22004136
2Italy21012203
3Uruguay210134-13
4England200224-20

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France22008266
2Ecuador21013303
3Switzerland210146-23
4Honduras200215-40

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Argentina22003126
2Nigeria21101014
3Iran201101-11
4Bos-Herze200213-20

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany21106244
2USA21104314
3Ghana201134-11
4Portugal201126-41

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium22003126
2Algeria21015413
3Russia201112-11
4South Korea201135-21
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