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Brazil beats Cameroon 4-1, reaches 2nd round

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  • Brazil's Fernandinho, right, celebrates scoring his side's goal Monday during the group A World Cup soccer match between Cameroon and Brazil at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil.

      Brazil's Fernandinho, right, celebrates scoring his side's goal Monday during the group A World Cup soccer match between Cameroon and Brazil at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil.
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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.

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