Brazil celebrated their 100th FIFA World Cup? match with a fittingly entertaining 4-1 victory over Cameroon to arrange a mouthwatering Round of 16 meeting with fellow South Americans Chile.
A double from Neymar, now the top scorer at the tournament which has a quartet of strikes, and 2nd-half efforts by Fred and Fernandinho proved enough to secure top spot in Group A for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s team, in front of Mexico on goal difference. Their opponents, on the other hand, say farewell on the competition with out a point from three outings.
Buoyed by reverberating noise in Brasilia, the hosts were fast and direct, causing consternation for that African side regularly from kick-off by moving the ball with their frontline immediately. We were holding thankful for the positioning of Marcelo from the tenth minute, however – the true Madrid full-back crucially blocked an ambition-bound piledriver from Eyong Enoh.
When Brazil’s breakthrough arrived on 17 minutes – the 100th goal of the tournament – the conversion was sublime. Luiz Gustavo pressed intensely about the left flank, won possession, strode forward and dispatched a precise cross in to the area for Neymar, who in a swift movement opened up his body and side-footed very first time that throughout the goalkeeper to nestle the ball in to the corner.
Charles Itandje’s hands were to be sure sore when he was necessary to fist out a thunderous volley from the A Sele??o No10, and Henri Bedimo’s awareness in covering was the only real reason Fred can't tap home an extender having been chosen by way of low Paulinho delivery into your danger area.