Brazil set up Chile clash

Brazil will face Chile in the World Cup's round of 16 after Neymar's double helped secure a 4-1 win over Cameroon in Brasilia.

Last Updated: 24/06/14 at 00:15 Post Comment

Neymar: Celebrates scoring for Brazil

Neymar: Celebrates scoring for Brazil

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Monday night's victory at the Estadio Nacional confirmed the hosts as Group A winners and booked them a duel with their fellow South Americans in the first of the knockout stage matches, in Belo Horizonte on Saturday.

Neymar now has 35 goals in 52 caps to his name, with only Pele and Zico having a better goals-per-game average for Brazil - but both those greats' totals of 77 and 66 respectively look achievable for this prodigy.

Luiz Felipe Scolari made just one change to the Brazil line-up that began the 0-0 draw over Mexico in Fortaleza last Tuesday. Hulk shook off a thigh problem and replaced Ramires on the right of the attacking midfield three.

Cameroon head coach Volker Finke made three changes to the Indomitable Lions side that began the 4-0 thrashing by Croatia in Manaus last time out. In came right-back Allan Nyom, left-back Henri Bedimo and midfielder Landry N'Guemo. Out went the suspended Alex Song, plus defenders Aurelien Chedjou and Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

Paulinho saw an early shot blocked as Brazil began brightly but just before Eyong Enoh collected an 11th-minute booking, Vincent Aboubakar saw a strong effort blocked by Marcelo.

However, the hosts opened the scoring in the 17th minute. Luiz Gustavo won the ball on the left and then motored down the wing before whipping a low cross into the area for Neymar to sidefoot home with his right boot past Charles Itandje for the 100th goal of the tournament.

But Cameroon continued to threaten and within 10 minutes, they forced an equaliser. Thiago Silva's back header hit the angle of the Brazil goal, and then Dani Alves could not contain Nyom who had popped up on the left following another corner. He passed the ball across for Joel Matip - left free by Marcelo - to score from close range.

Back came Brazil, with Neymar grabbing his second in the 34th minute. Surging forward into the area from the left channel after Marcelo's pass, the 22-year-old came inside Nicolas N'Koulou and fired home low with his right foot to notch his fourth goal in three games.

The best move of the half involving Neymar and Fred then ended with Hulk scooping over under pressure.

The second half was only four minutes old when Fred found a third goal. Half-time substitute Fernandinho kept the ball alive on the edge of the area following a corner and flicked it left where David Luiz was in space. His ball in was stuck home at close range by Fred - benefitting from a tight offside decision - to spark wild celebrations.

A fourth goal arrived in the 84th minute. A quick Cameroon free-kick was taken too sloppily and Oscar managed to steal the ball back. Some rapid interplay of passing returned the ball to the Chelsea man again and he presented a chance for sub Fernandinho to arrive and slide home the fourth.

Mexico's goal rush in Recife against Croatia made it tight, but Brazil finished top on goal difference to set up a last-16 date with the Chileans, who were runners-up in Group B.

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e doesn't need a caoch. He needs a bus. A bloody big one, that he can park across the goal line. And when he gets one, he can do us a favour and let us know where we can buy one from as well.

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: No defence coach

Y

ou are wrong Per, thats the right way the play. Its everyone elses' fault that it doesnt work.

delboy
Mertesacker urges style change

A

s it's panto season coming soon, let me be the first Oh yes you do

munchie
Rodgers: No defence coach

Footer 365

La Liga: Barcelona star Luis Suarez adamant biting days are behind him ahead of return against Real Madrid

Luis Suarez is adamant his biting days are behind him as he returns from a four-month ban against Real Madrid.

Transfer news: Van Gaal hints former Barcelona keeper Valdes could stay at Manchester United

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has refused to rule out the possibility of signing goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

Premier League: Ronald Koeman looking at European challenge sparked by Dusan Tadic

Ronald Koeman believes Dusan Tadic can spark Southampton into a challenge for Champions League football next season.

Mail Box

'Goals Like That Can Make You Pregnant'

Those being sniffy about Erik Lamela's rabona are given short shrift in the afternoon mailbox, where criticism of Brendan Rodgers is smashed out of the park...

Does David De Gea Need Competition?

It would certainly be a good idea to give Victor Valdes a contract, while we have more mails on Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, the rabona and mailbox gripes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property