Friday, February 23, 2018


Five-time champs Brazil rout Cameroon 4-1


AERIAL SKILL: Brazil’s Neymar controls the ball in the air during their Group A match against Cameroon at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia, yesterday. –Photo: AFP

Mark Fraser

Neymar lived up to the expectations of the World Cup host nation Monday, scoring two goals as Brazil routed Cameroon 4-1 to reach the knockout stage as the top team in Group A. Fred and Fernandinho added second-half goals for Brazil, which will face South American rival Chile in the second round.

Neymar netted twice in the first half, on either side of midfielder Joel Matip’s goal for Cameroon in the 26th minute. He opened the scoring off a low cross by midfielder Luiz Gustavo in the 17th --the 100th goal of the tournament-- deftly side-footing the ball home from close range, then restored the lead with a low right-foot strike from the top of the penalty area in the 35th after a pass by left back Marcelo.

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