1st Round Matches at Brazil 2014.
Monday, 23rd June
Cameroon vs Brazil in Brasilia.
In the final Group A matches, Cameroon take on Brazil in Brasilia while Croatia play Mexico in Recife.
Brazil and Cameroon have only met once at the World Cup Finals before. Brazil won the game in San Francisco (2:0) during USA 1994.
If Cameroon beat Brazil, and Croatia draw with Mexico, the hosts are out.
After Cameroon's Allan Nyom narrowly avoided a yellow card for a push on Neymar, the young Brazilian replied the way he knows best; opening up his right foot to slot the ball past Charles Itandje. The 100th goal of the tournament in Brazil's 100th World Cup game.
Next up, Paulinho tried to tee-up Fred when a pass to Hulk might have worked better.
Cameroon silenced the crowd in Brasilia - and probably the whole of Brazil - after Allan Nyom battled away down the left to eventually drill in a low cross for Allan Nyom to stab home.
Neymar only needs a sniff of space and if he can't smell it he'll wriggle a little and make some. Sublime movement from the little Brazilian; quite rightly milking the adoration from the crowd.
Half-time Cameroon 1 - Brazil 2
Fred finally got his name on the scoresheet; heading in from David Luiz on the left.
Neymar was looking for his hat-trick, just before the hour mark, but the Cameroon defence were sharp getting back and snuffed out the option for a pass to reach him in the centre.
As Mexico scored their third goal to try and get on top of the group and avoid Holland, so Fernandinho replied here with Brazil's fourth.
Final Score: Cameroon 1 - Brazil 4
0:1 - Neymar (17 mins)
1:1 - Joel Matip (26 mins)
1:2 - Neymar (35 mins)
1:3 - Fred (49 mins)
1:4 - Fernandinho (74 mins)
16-Charles Itandje; 22-Allan Nyom, 21-Joel Matip, 3-Nicolas N'Koulou, 12-Henri Bedimo; 18-Eyong Enoh, 8-Benjamin Moukandjo, 17-Stephane Mbia, 7-Landry N'Guemo; 13-Maxim Choupo-Moting, 10-Vincent Aboubaka.
12-Julio Cesar; 2-Dani Alves, 3-Thiago Silva, 4-David Luiz, 6-Marcelo; 8-Paulinho, 17-Luiz Gustavo, 7-Hulk, 11-Oscar; 10-Neymar, 9-Fred.
3 yellow cards:
11 mins - Eyong Enoh (Cameroon)
73 mins - Edgar Salli (Cameroon)
79 mins - Stephane Mbia (Cameroon)
The Road to Rio
World Cup Finals
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Although no cup-final as such, Uruguay and Brazil went into their final game with the winner guaranteed to be champions; a draw would be enough for Brazil.
The fifth World Cup tournament produced a record number of goals, including a 7:5 encounter between Austria and Switzerland in Lausanne.
Brazil presented a 17 year-old Pele to the world; who went on to claim a hat-trick in Brazil's 5:2 semi-final win over France and bag another two in the final.
Czechoslovakia overcame Hungary in the quarter-finals and Yugoslavia in the semis, while Brazil took care of England and the host nation, Chile.
Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick, in the final against West Germany, as England triumphed in a thrilling game watched by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
1970 belonged to Pelé, who earned his third World Cup winners' medal when Brazil got their hands on the Jules Rimet Cup.... for keeps.
W. Germany 1974:
Johan Cruyff was the player of the tournament as total football became the buzzword of the day, even though Holland lost to West Germany in the 1974 final.
Holland contested the 1978 World Cup Final, in Argentina, for the second time in a row. As in West Germany, they again finished runners-up; to the hosts.
The Spain 82 World Cup finals increased to 24 teams and the format was changed to have two group stages, with four second-round groups of three.
In 1986, Mexico became the first nation to stage the World Cup Finals for a second time; having only staged the competition sixteen years previously.
In 1990, Italy became the World Cup of stalemates. Both semi-finals were drawn out through penalty kicks. In the final itself, the only goal came from the spot.
Once Team US had played a few games most of the nation began to understand they were hosting the greatest show on earth and how the game was played.
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The 17th World Cup, held in Korea and Japan, was the first World Cup finals to be shared by two hosts and the first to be held in Asia.
The 2006 World Cup Finals ran from 9th June to 9th July; the opening match in Munich and the final in Berlin. Munich and Dortmund hosted the semi-finals.
South Africa 2010:
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The 2026 FIFA World Cup Finals will be jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United Bid won the hosting rights ahead of Morocco.
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