Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho scored the final goal in a convincing 4-1 against Cameroon
Brazil came racing out the blocks in what was a highly charged encounter at the Brasilia stadium.
They started by literally swarming the Cameroon defence which the African team found too hard to handle. Neymar dragged the ball back to Paulinho who nearly scored but for a great block by Allan Nyom.
Brazil kept piling on the pressure and eventually got their breakthrough on 17 minutes when Luiz Gustavo delivered a wonderful low cross onto an oncoming Neymar. He opened his feet and turned the ball into the far corner first time.
As good as Brazil looked going forward they looked entirely suspect at the back and every time Cameroon got forward they looked dangerous. Real warning signs flared up when Joel Matip headed the crossbar from a corner. Brazil didn’t take any heed of the warning signs and Matip got his goal and Cameroon’s equaliser when Nyom crosses for an easy tap in.
Brazil didn’t lie down in their low moment and got straight back up on the horse, Neymar showed excellent skill, nutmegging, twisting and turning to drill a low shot into the goal. Charles Itandje had already dived and it was a poor goal to concede.
The second half followed similar suit as after only five minutes David Luiz whipped in a cross from the left which Fred promptly headed into the back of the net.
After the goal the buzz seemed to die down, perhaps Brazil thought they had done enough in the match. They did some to gain a sense of control but this didn’t stop Cameroon still looking dangerous on occasions.
In the other game Mexico started to lead Croatia by 3-0 trying to force their way to the top of Group A and Brazil, probably without even knowing, stepped up that vital gear. Oscar retained position, knocked it to Fernandinho who passed to Fred, back to Oscar who with one touch put Fernandinho through to fire low and hard into the far corner.
Brazil eased out the rest of the match and looked a much better team then one in their first two games. Cameroon have had a troubled campaign on and off the field and will be pleased to put the World Cup behind them, Brazil as winners of their group now go into the next round facing Chile.