June 23, 2014 6:02 pm

WORLD CUP: Neymar, Brazil cruise past Cameroon into next round

Brazil's players celebrate after scoring a fourth goal during its Group A football match against Cameroon.

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BRASILIA, Brazil – Neymar scored twice in the first half to lead Brazil to a 4-1 win over Cameroon on Monday, helping the hosts secure a spot in the second round of the World Cup.

Fred and Fernandinho added second-half goals for Brazil, which advanced from Group A.

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Neymar opened the scoring off a low cross by midfielder Luiz Gustavo in the 17th minute, deftly side-footing the ball home from close range, then restored the lead with a low right-foot strike from the top of the penalty area in the 35th after a pass by left back Marcelo.

Midfielder Joel Matip had equalized for already eliminated Cameroon with a tap-in from inside the area in the 26th.

Fred found the net in the 49th and the substitute Fernandinho struck in the 84th.

GROUP A FINAL STANDINGS 

Group A final standings, 2014 World Cup

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