I don’t care what you say. I *like* Fred. Sure, he can’t finish, he barely moves and his lay-offs have been…I forget my original point.
— Iain Macintosh (@iainmacintosh) June 23, 2014
After suffering serious criticim for the paucity of their play in the opening two games, Brazil finally brought their A game to the table tonight, as they beat Cameroon 4-1, to qualify in style.
The Indomitable Lions did make a game of it, though, stunning the Mane Garrincha with a deserved equalizer, but their optimism was short-lived, as Brazil replied through Neymar, and started playing some slick, relaxed football with the nerves at bay.
Neymar shone throughout, and it seems there’s a consensus finally coming around to recognize him as one of the world’s best, as he continues to produce on the greatest stage.
Fred finally got off the mark with a tap-in, and Man City man Fernandinho came off the bench to score – increasing the clamour for him to replace the ineffective Paulinho.
Neymar: 22yrs old, 53 games, 35 goals, 20 assists….that's illegal!! Dealing with pressure like a boss.
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) June 23, 2014
Brazilian Tiki Taka in the second half was a joy to watch. Offensive football, goals, entertainment. Thank you Seleção for this game!
— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats) June 23, 2014
— BenchWarmers (@BenchWarmersCOM) June 23, 2014
That was Brazil's most exuberant performance at this World Cup. Just what they needed to boost confidence.
— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) June 23, 2014
— Jack Lang (@snap_kaka_pop) June 23, 2014
Neymar made my twitter blow up thanks
— lex. (@itsslex) June 23, 2014
Neymar was the difference against a third rate Cameroon – Chile won't be such pushovers
— jon cotterill (@Pitacodogringo) June 23, 2014
— Sam Tighe (@stighefootball) June 23, 2014