FIFA World Cup 2014: Brazil blitz through to Round of 16, courtesy Neymar
Zee Media Bureau/Suyash Srivastava
New Delhi: The local crowd at Sao Paolo got entertainment worth their money as Brazilian star Neymar struck twice in his side`s 4-1 thrashing of Cameroon on Tuesday.
Brazil finished on top of group A and have set up a pre quarter-final date with Chile, who lost 0-2 to the Netherlands in FIFA World Cup yesterday.
Neymar struck in the 17th and 34th minute while striker Fred extended their lead in the 49th minute. Fernandinho completed the rout with an 84th minute strike.
Matip had equalised for Cameroon in the 26th minute but that proved to be their only goal of the match.
On the other hand, Netherlands also stormed into the Round of 16 by topping group B. The Dutch will lock horns with a dangerous Mexico which demolished Croatia 3-1 with late burst.
Arjen Robben was their star once again as he provided two superb assists which were converted into goals by substitutes Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay.
In an inconsequential match, world champions Spain finally showed their class as they hammered Australia 3-0. David Villa, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata scored on either side of the break for Spain.
Spain`s coach Vicente del Bosque played Silva and Mata from the beginning and it made a lot of difference. The win has come a little too late for Spain as they were knocked out of the World Cup after losing consecutive matches against Netherlands and Chile.