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Neymar brace sends Brazil into last 16

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Brazil progressed to the last 16 of their home World Cup with a 4-1 win over Cameroon in the final round of Group Stage matches.

Brazilian wonder kid Neymar put the hosts ahead in the 17th minute. Wolfsburg midfielder Luiz Gustavo played in a brilliant cross along the face of goal and Neymar only had to side foot in the cross to make it 1-0.

SHOCK EQUALISER

10 minutes later, Cameroon shocked the Brazilians by grabbing an unexpected equaliser. Full back Allan Nyom got away from the Dani Alves before crossing the ball to an unmarked Joel Matip, who poked in from close range to score and make it 1-1.

A silence had fallen onto the stadium and the carnival that was once present in the stadium had fizzled away. Then up stepped Neymar, who picked up a poor a Marcelo pass and turned nothing into something.

NEYMAR MAGIC

The Barcelona forward glided across the edge of the penalty area, dummied his way around Nicolas N’Koulou and drilled a low shot that went through the Cameroon defender’s legs and beat Itandje to make it 2-1.

Fred made it 3-1 in the 49th minute. The Lyon striker, who has received huge amounts of criticism from the media and Brazilian fans, headed home for Brazil after a cross from former Chelsea defender David Luiz found the head of the striker.

OFFSIDE

However, video replays showed afterwards that Fred was offside.

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho made it 4-1 in the 84th minute after some fantastic one-two passing with Fred and Oscar on the edge of the penalty box saw him tuck one past Itandje to secure victory for the Samba Boys.

The win means that Brazil finish top of Group A with 7 points and a Goal Difference of +5. Mexico were the other team to make it out of Group A with a 3-1 win over Croatia.

NEXT ROUND

Brazil will play South America rivals Chile whilst Mexico will play the Netherlands.

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