Brazil defeated Cameroon 4-1 today in their final group stage game in Brasilia, and in doning so won Group A and advanced to the round of 16 alongside Mexico. Neymar scored his second brace in three games, bringing his tournament tally to four goals and putting him atop the Golden Boot list. Cameroon go home with their heads held high, having scored their sole World Cup goal aginst the favorites and host nation, but without Samuel Eto'o due to injury and Alex Song due to suspension, this match was always going to be an uphill battle for the African side.  

The Brazilians started the game looking inspired in their capital. The first ten minutes saw the home team dominate posession and create good opportunities with Luis Gustavo denied by an off the line clearance in only the 2nd minute. Cameroon, though, looked to break, and found fruition in the tactic on 10 minutes when a Marcelo block was necessary to deny Eyong Enoh

But on 17 minutes Brazil found the breakthrough through Neymar. Sloppy play from Cameroon defense allowed Gustavo to play in a wonderful ball into the Brazil #10 who opened up his body extremely well and slotted in a great finish to give his side the early lead. Just three minutes later Neymar would again hit the target with a thunderous strike, this time only to be denied by Cameroonian keeper Charles Itandje.

RTR3VC84 Neymar looks on after his sublime first goal Reuters

Cameroon were denied an equalizer by the crossbar on 25 minutes when a well taken corner was met well by Joël Matip, but Matip would not be denied a second time just a minute later when a great ball from Allan Nyom found him poaching at the back post and his first ever international goal put his side level on the night. 

RTR3VCC9 Joel Matip scores Cameroon's first goal of the World Cup against hosts Brazil Reuters

The goal gave Cameroon a spring in their step, and the visitors continued to attack against a seemingly shell shocked Brazil facing jeers from the crowd, but the Cameroonian momentum was quickly cut out when Neymar doubled his tally on the night on 34 minutes. The Barcelona player picked up the ball on the left hand side and cut in well, evading two Cameroonians and beating Itandje straight down the middle. The Cameroon defense will be disappinted with their keeper, although they probably could have done more themselves to stop Neymar's fluid run. The half ended with a brilliantly concocted Brazilian attack but Hulk was unable to finish the free-flowing combination. 

The Brazilians started the second half on the offensive and their high pressure paid off with a goal from Fred who was relatively anonymous in the first period. A good ball in from David Luis found the striker open in front of goal for an easy header. Three-one on the night and at this point the match was well past the comeback abilities of Cameroon. Brazil would score another goal before all was said and done through the feet of halftime substitute Fernandinho after wonderful one-touch passing in the Cameroonian penalty area. 

Brazil advance as group winners and will face Chile, the Group B runners-up. Mexico, the runners up from Brazil's group, will face Group B winners Holland