2014 FIFA World Cup: Brazil vs Cameroon - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Dattaraj Thaly
Brazil thrashed Cameroon 4-1 thanks to a brace from star striker Neymar in their last Group A match. With that result, the Selecao have topped their group and will face Chile in the Round of 16.
FULL TIME: Brazil 4-1 Cameroon
90+2'- Brazil are plying out these 4 minutes. No need to take any risks.
90'- 4 MINUTES ADDED ON
88' - That was a much needed goal for Brazil Mexico had scored 3 goals in the other match and a fourth would have meant Brazil would have to face Netherlands.
86'- Brazil pinched off the ball off Cameroon near the box. Fernandinho and Oscar execute a lovely give and go. Fernandinho toe pokes the ball into the bottom left corner of the Cameroon goal.
85'- GOAL! FERNANDINHO!
81'- Free-kick to Brazil. Dani Alves takes it but his effort ricochets off the wall for a corner.
78'- Ramires switched play from right to left by crossing a ball to Willian, who cut back his low short pass for Fred. The striker fired a shot with his left foot. The ball lobbed up after a deflection of a defender. Ramires tried to head the deflected ball, but it was too high for him.
76'- Marcelo motors down the left for Brazil and puts in a cross that is cleared by Cameroon's first line of defense.
72'- Vincent Aboubakar has been taken off by Cameroon in favor of Pierre Achille Webo.
69'- Neymar has been booted in this game by M'bia and others. He is taken off by Scolari to preserve him for the next match. Remember he was on a yellow card as well. Willian replaces him.
66'- Ramires playing on the right for Brazil, fires in a low cross for Neymar who is adjudged off-side by the ref's assistant.
63'- Hulk was poor today. He was squandered several chances. Ramires will help Brazil take control in the middle of the park. He is a player who does not stop running and will energize the team.
62'- First substitution of the match by Scolari. He takes Hulk off for Ramires.
60'- We have reached the 60 minute mark. Brazil will meet Chile in the Round of 16, if things stay as they are.
58'- Moukandjo comes off for Cameroon. On comes Salli.
56'- Gustavo found Hulk in acres of space on the right, who made a poor choice of going for goal instead of squaring the ball up for an unmarked Neymar in the center.
53'- That third goal was a much needed cushion for Brazil. With team that attacks in numbers, the possibility of leaking a goal always exists.
51'- David Luiz's short left footed cross was easily headed in by Fred. He was completely unmarked. Easy goal.
50'- GOAL! FRED
49'- Neymar goes for goal from a free-kick. The angel was acute but Neymar went for it and the keeper palmed it away for a corner.
47'- Paulinho was through on goal, but a tackle came in just in time. What a superb piece of defending.
46'- Here we go..
HALF TIME: Brazil 2-1 Cameroon
45'- OH MY GOD! Brazil reminding us what Brazil can do. That was the move of the match from Brazil - Samba style with Neymar pulling off a spectacular Chapeu. He then lays the ball up for Oscar for a lovely give and go. Neymar then fed the ball to Pauliho who squared for Hulk. But the Zenith man failed to finish.
44'- Luiz conceded a free-kick. Moukandjo's floated delivery is easily dealt with by the Brazil defense.
40'- Neymar's record for Brazil: 53 games, 35 goals, 20 assists. And he is only 22!
37'- Cameroon have adopted a very physical approach in this match. Committing too many fouls.
35'- Neymar runs at the defence before cutting onto his right and shooting between the legs of N'Koulou. The ball glided into the near corner.
32'- Moukandjo's corner i met by the rising Choupo Moting, who can't give direction to his header.
30'- Brazil fans inside the stadium are rattled. They were expecting their team to waltz past Cameroon today. Not happening.
28'- Brazil's defense was all over the place there. David Luiz, what on earth are you doing?
26'- Matip is there to coolly tap in a Nyom cross. Alves was bamboozled by Nyom with some trickery near the byline. What a moment in the match!
24'- OFF THE BAR! Matip's bullet header of Moukandjo corner comes off the cross bar.
20'- Fred cannot tap in the cross from Neymar. That was close.
19'- Neymar with a left foot volley...saved by Itandje. But the keeper can't collect the ball.
18'- Neymar has raised the roof inside the stadium with that goal. The golden boy of Brazilian football!
Gustavo pinched the ball off a Cameroon player and put in a early low cross from the left. Neymar neatly directed the ball into the bottom left corner with a swift change of direction.
16' - GOAL! NEYMAR
13' - Moukandjo's free-kick goes over a sea of players and Cesar collects it very low. A deflection could have caused a huge problem for Brazil
11'- First yellow card of the match. Enoh makes a tackle on Marcelo who was trying to bring the ball out from deep inside Brazil's half on the left side.
9'- Moukandjo fires in a shot that is blocked by David Luiz. Cameroon are not sitting back here. They are going for broke as well with nothing to lose.
7'- Brazil have started the match with a positive approach. Unlike the match against Mexico, they are attacking the Africans from the word go.
5' -Corner to Brazil. Neymar to takes and the ball is too close to the keeper. Itandje collects comfortably.
4'- The crowd is right behind the home team here in Brasilia. They want a goal.
3'- Neymar was almost through on goal. The keeper raced out to collect the ball and got there first.
2'- Brazil straight on the attack.
1'- Here we go..
National anthems done. Handshakes exchanged.
After missing the match against Mexico, Hulk starts for Brazil.
Team line-ups for the match:
Brazil: J.Cesar, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo; Paulinho, Luis Gustavo; Hulk, Neymar, Oscar; Fred.
Cameroon: Itandje, Nkoulou, Nguemo, Moukandjo, Aboubakar, Bedimo, Choupo Moting, Mbia, Enoh, Matip, Nyom.
Hosts Brazil take on Cameroon in a Group A game at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia. Brazil of course, will start as favorites to win the match and secure their place at the top in this Group. Cameroon are already knocked out of this World Cup with just their pride at stake.
Cameroon have plenty of problems coming into this match. Alex Song`s elbowing incident with Mario Mandzukic. Benoit Assou-Ekotto headbutted team-mate Benjamin Moukandjo during that match against Croatia. Talisman Samuel Etoó is nursing a knee injury and may not feature in the Brazil match.
Hulk, who was missed by the Selecao against Mexico, looks set to feature in this match on the right for Brazil. Neymar, Thiago Silva, Luiz Gustavo and Ramires are all on a yellow card each and a second booking will see them miss their Round of 16 match.
Brazil will be looking to Neymar to seal a comfortable win over the struggling Africans. After a disappointing show in the last match. The "Samba" boys will be looking to turn on the style and please their fans.