Brazil, Mexico march into last 16

2014-06-24 00:16

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Red-hot striker Neymar helped fire Brazil into a World Cup second-round meeting with Chile when he scored twice in the first half as the hosts survived an early scare against already-eliminated Cameroon to win 4-1 and top Group A.

Brazil's leading striker tucked in the first after 17 minutes from a Luiz Gustavo cross – the 100th goal of the tournament in Brazil's 100th World Cup match – but the delirious home crowd were silenced nine minutes later when Joel Matip equalised moments after he had hit the bar with a header.

Neymar cut inside to fire in his second, and fourth of the this World Cup, in the 35th minute and Brazil cruised home with a Fred header four minutes into the second half and a goal for substitute Fernandinho six minutes from time.

The hosts and favourites finish with seven points and will face Group B runners-up Chile in Belo Horizonte on Saturday.

Mexico came second after beating Croatia today and will play Netherlands. Cameroon were last after losing all three games.

Second-half goals from Rafael Marquez, Andres Guardado and Javier Hernandez gave Mexico a 3-1 win over Croatia.

Skipper Marquez broke the deadlock with a thundering header in the 72nd minute before Andres Guardado finished off a swift counter-attack.

Hernandez made it 3-0 with a back post header from a corner and although Croatia pulled a goal back in the 87th minute through Ivan Perisic they had Ante Rebic sent-off for an awful challenge two minutes later.

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