Hosts Brazil’s next World Cup finals match- a knockout affair -will be on Saturday from noon (TT time) against fellow South American rivals Chile.
And On Sunday, Mexico who finished second to Brazil in Group A will be facing Netherlands also from noon in what will be the third knockout match of the eight featuring the 16 national teams who finished either first or second in the respective eight groups that made up the 32-nation finals.
Yesterday Brazil cemented themselves as Group A winners, rolling over game but eliminated Cameroon 4 goals to one in the third and last Group fixture for both teams.
Mexico also held firm in second place, wearing down and eliminating Croatia 3-1.
Before the Brazil-Mexico triumphs, Group B’s top pair of Netherlands and Chile who were assured of progress to the knockout stage having put away defending champions Spain and Australia, played tough with Netherlands emerging two-nil winners.
Spain ended their campaign with a 3-nil win over hapless Australia.
Neymar’s double which made him the Cup finals leading scorer with four from three matches and goals from Fred and Fernandinho settled Brazilian nerves after Joel Matip silenced the partisan home crowd with an equlaiser to Neymar’s opening strike.
Mexico meanwhile broke Croatia’s resistance with a 72nd minute first goal from Rafael Marquez and went three up through Andres Guardado and Javier Hernandez before Ivan Perisic’s consolation item.
Netherlands latched on to late goals from Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay for their blank of Chile while Spain saved face for the journey home with David Villa’s first-half score and second-half strikes by Fernando Torres and Juan Mata.
Yesterday’s 14-goal fare in four matches brought the Cup tally to 108 goals from 36 matches – the tournament ending on July 13th with the 64th and last match, the final.