Monday, June 23, 2014

World Cup 2014: Cameroon wrap up campaign with a 4-1 defeat

Cameroon's Indomitable Lions celebrate only goal (Joel Matip's) in the 2014 World Cup. They were knocked out of finals after two games. The first African side to exit (Photo Credit: Getty Images). 

Two first half Neymar goals in the 17th and 34th minutes and a Joel Matip goal in between in the 26th minute puts the scoreline Cameroon 1-2 Brazil at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia at half time.

Striker Fred and Fernandinho roundoff an emphatic victory for the host nation in the 49th and 84th minutes to ensure Brazil finish top of group A on Monday.

Neymar Jr. who was voted man-of-the-match shouldered the hopes of a nation and fired home two classic strikes amid injury-threatening tackles from the Cameroonians.

Matip scored from a few yards in front of goal after teammate Nyom found him with a low cross - pass Brazil's unconvincing defensive display.

But the damage was already done by this man, Neymar, who carries on his shoulders, the hopes of a nation (Photo credit: Getty Images)
Cameroon had, before the game, joined the defending world champions, Spain, into the exit door of the 2014 FIFA World Cup last Wednesday. 

Already caught in the glare of media publicity for row over unpaid match bonuses, Alex Song got himself sent off after deliberately knocking down Mario Mandzukic when the pair were off-the-ball, before defender Assou-Ekotto attempted to head-butt team-mate Benjamin Moukandjo in an argument.

They had earlier lost 1-0 to Mexico in their opening match. In their second game, t
he Indomitable Lions were dominated by a Croatian side that put four goals (4-0) into the net of the Central African side.

While Monday's other group game ended Croatia 1-3 Mexico - host Brazil finished top of the group with 7 points, Mexico 7, Croatia 3 and Cameroon 0.

Written by Modou S. Joof

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