Brazil on Monday toppled Cameroon 4-1 to top group A and advance to last 16 where they will face Chile. Goals from Fred and Fernandinho in the second half and 22-year-old Neymar’s boost with two goals helped the host nation top Group A.
Neymar shot to the top of the World Cup scoring charts with a superb double in a 4-1 win for Brazil over Cameroon on Monday that sent the hosts through as Group A winners to face Chile in the last 16.
After grabbing a brace in Brazil’s 3-1 win against Croatia in their opening game at the finals, Neymar was again the star of the show at an electric national stadium.
The 22-year-old struck twice in the first half either side of Joel Matip’s goal for already eliminated Cameroon, Fred nodded home at the start of the second and substitute Fernandinho scored a late fourth.
A three-goal burst in the space of 10 minutes propelled Mexico to a 3-1 win over Croatia in Recife in the final Group A game. Mexico will now head into the Round of 16, where it will face the Netherlands in Fortaleza on Sunday.
The two teams played out a sloppy and tetchy match that only came to life when Mexico Coach Miguel Herrera withdrew the ineffective Gio dos Santos and replaced him with striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez.
Hernandez, the Manchester United attacker, galvanized a hitherto stunted attack, and in the 72nd minute, Rafa Marquez rose above Vedran Corluka and Dejan Lovren to direct a header past Croatia keeper Stipe Pletikosa to give El Tri the lead.
Hernandez set up the second goal three minutes, later, racing downfield to pass to Oribe Peralta on the right wing. Peralta’s low center was met by an unmarked Andres Guardado, who fired home from 12 yards. Hernandez rounded out the Mexican scoring himself in the 82nd minute, when he headed home a corner at the far post.
Croatia gained a late consolation goal through Robert Perisic in the 87th minute, but the team was reduced to 10 men two minutes later, when Ante Rebic was sent off for a rash challenge on Carlos Pena.
Mexico finished second in Group A, behind Brazil, which beat Cameroon, 4-1, in Brasilia.