Brazil beat the African side, Cameroon, 4-1 to please the home supporters and entertain the world with their famous attacking football and skill. The twenty-two year sensation Neymar scored twice in the first half, and once again proved to his critics that he is indeed the star talent in the team. However, it well and truly a team effort, with Fernandinho coming on in place of Paulinho, to produce a number of chances in attack, and was rewarded with a goal in the 84th minute of the match.
It was an important for the host team, as they had a relatively poor start in the tournament. Dull performances against Croatia and Mexico generated doubt and criticism of the team many expect to go on to win and bring the World Cup trophy back where it rightfully belongs. The game against Cameroon was one of the best to witness so far in the tournament, but although stats for match with regards to possession, fouls and corners etc were slightly weighted in favour of Brazil, the one telling statistic was Shots on Target - Brazil had 11 to Cameroon’s 1.
Brazil’s Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari can now look forward to an interesting match against a well organised South American side, Chile. Scolari knows that he cannot afford to let his players get carried away, as Chile is a capable, relentless and talented squad with loads of quality in their squad. After all, they did manage to beat Spain 2-0 earlier on in the tournament and Vargas is in top form.
Brazil are still the odds-on favourites, with Paddypower pricing the Samba team 8/13, with Chile 5/1. Scolari’s team is improving as the tournament goes on, and hopefully should peak at the right time. However, stranger things have already happen with the likes of Costa Rica shining, Portugal struggling and Spain failing to progress. Place a bet with the Irish bookmaker and enjoy some of their famous ‘Money Back Specials’!