Brazil overcome the jitters to top Group A after 4-1 win over Cameroon in Brasilia

Date: June 23, 2014

Result: Brazil 4-1Cameroon

Scorers:

Brazil: Neymar 17, 34, Fred 50, Fernandinho 86

Cameroon: Matip 26

Venue: Estadio Nacional, Brasilia

Attendance: 69,112

Match overview: Brazil topped Group A after this 4-1 victory over Cameroon in Brasilia. The scoreline suggests an easy win, but Cameroon proved far trickier opponents than expected, equalising in the first half with a goal from Joel Matip that exposed the fragility of Brazil’s defence. Neymar proved once again to be Brazil’s saviour, scoring twice to take his goal tally in the tournament to four goals.

Key moment: Brazil’s third goal killed off any chance of a Cameroon comeback. It may have been offside but Fred scored his first goal of the tournament.

Man of the match: Neymar was substituted in the 71st minute, a precautionary change after he  went down with an apparent injury. But his work by then was done.

Matter of fact: Neymar became only the third player, after Teofilo Cubillas and Miroslav to score two braces in the group stages of a World Cup.

Talking point: Brazil’s jittery defence proved far from secure against Cameroon, suggesting that they will again be exposed by stronger opponents later in the competition.

Stats:

Goal attempts

  • Brazil 13
  • Cameroon 10

On target

  • Brazil 9
  • Cameroon 1

Corners

  • Brazil 7
  • Cameroon 6

Line-ups:

Brazil

  • 12 Julio Cesar
  • 02 Dani Alves
  • 03 Thiago Silva
  • 04 David Luiz
  • 06 Marcelo
  • 17 Luiz Gustavo
  • 08 Paulinho (Fernandinho 46)
  • 07 Hulk (Ramires 62)
  • 11 Oscar
  • 10 Neymar (Willian 72)
  • 09 Fred

Cameroon

  • 16 Itandje
  • 22 Nyom
  • 03 N’Koulou (c)
  • 21 Matip
  • 12 Bedimo
  • 07 Nguemo
  • 17 M’Bia
  • 18 Enoh
  • 08 Moukandjo (Salli 57)
  • 10 Aboubakar (Webo 72)
  • 13 Choupo Moting (Makoun 81)

 

Yellow cards:

Brazil:

  • none

Cameroon:

  • Enoh 11, Salli 75, Mbia 80

Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)