Neymar leads Brazil into last 16

The Barcelona striker scores a double during the host's 4-1 rout of Cameroon to finish top of Group A in Brasilia.

    Neymar leads Brazil into last-16 and tops the goal scoring charts with four goals [GALLO/GETTY]
    Neymar leads Brazil into last-16 and tops the goal scoring charts with four goals [GALLO/GETTY]

    Neymar shot to the top of the World Cup scoring charts with a superb double in a 4-1 win for Brazil over Cameroon that sent the hosts through as Group A winners to face Chile in the last 16.

    Brazil were ahead after 17 minutes when Luiz Gustavo won the ball on the left and his low cross was perfectly weighted for Neymar, in space in the centre of the penalty area, to deftly guide the ball into the far corner of the net.

     

    Cameroon refused to capitulate and were level nine minutes later when Allan Nyom squared for Joel Matip to sidefoot into an empty net and momentarily silence the home fans.

    The hosts were back in front in the 35th minute when Neymar ran at the defence and clipped a low shot past a wrongfooted Charles Itandje in the Cameroon goal.

    Brazil made a similarly brisk start to the second period and David Luiz popped up on the left wing in the 49th to chip the ball to the far post for Fred to head home.

    Neymar came off to a rapturous reception and was replaced by Willian in the 71st minute before Fernandinho clipped the ball into the corner after a well-worked move six minutes from time to complete an impressive win for the tournament favourites.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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