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World Cup 2014: 3 Latin American squads in second round

Updated: 2014-06-24 17:51:50 (KST)
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For some teams, advancing out of the group stage at the World Cup involves complex scenarios and FIFA tiebreakers.
For one team, advancing is quite simple and involves Neymar, doesn't it, Ji-sun?

Viva Brazil in Brasilia
The host nation crushed Cameroon FOUR-ONE in their capital, in their 100th World Cup game and this one goes to the squad's superstar Neymar, whose double kept his country perched at the top of Group A.
Neymar's goal in the 17th minute made another piece of history as it was the 100th goal at this year's World Cup.
After scoring two brilliant goals in the first half, Neymar was taken off in the second half to give him some rest before the next match.
His fellow countrymen Fred and Fernandinho also got on the scoresheet to give Brazil a convincing victory.
Neymar is the top scorer at the moment with four goals.
Five other strikers, including Thomas Muller of Germany and Robin Van Persie of the Netherlands -- are closely behind with three goals each.
Elsewhere in the group - Mexico beat Croatia -- THREE-ONE to advance to the round of 16 for the sixth consecutive time.
Spain wrapped up their World Cup with a THREE-nil victory over Australia.
Both of them now have a long flight home to think about.
After already having secured their spots in the second stage, the Netherlands beat Chile TWO-NIL which means they avoid going up against Brazil in the last 16.
The knockout stage kicks off this weekend - starting with Brazil and Chile facing off at Belo Horizonte at 1 p.m, local time on Saturday and Mexico and the Netherlands will hold their match at Fortaleza at the same time on Sunday.
As you can see, teams from Latin America are currently outperforming the rest.
European squads -- Croatia, England, Spain and Bosnia-Herzegovina -- will be packing their bags and flying across the Atlantic in the coming days.

Checking the group standings on this Tuesday with just one match left for the remaining groups.


And here's a look at today's games -- the verdict will be out for Groups C and D on this Tuesday.
Tied on 3 points, Uruguay must beat Italy to advance from Group D.
With just Colombia sure to advance from Group C, it will be an all-out battle between Greece and Cote d'Ivoire to join them.

And that was your look at the latest from the World Cup
See you guys back here for more updates.


Reporter : song@arirang.co.kr

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