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Brazil 2-1 ahead at half-time

Mexico’s Giovani dos Santos (right) and Dejan Lovren of Croatia, fight for the ball, in Recife, on Monday. (Getty Images)

Brasilia/ Recife: Brazil’s in-form forward Neymar scored twice to give the World Cup hosts a 2-1 lead over Cameroon at half-time, in their final Group A game, on Monday.

Neymar thus took his World Cup goals tally to four for the tournament. Neymar struck after 17 minutes with a deft side-foot inside the area and added a second in the 35th when he ran at the defence and struck a low right-foot shot into the net.

Cameroon had equalised through Joel Matip.

In the other Group A match, in Recife, Mexico and Croatia were locked scoreless at half-time.

Needing only a draw to advance to the second round of the World Cup for a sixth straight time, Mexico had the better of the first half, looking dangerous on the break.

Croatia, who have to win to guarantee advancement, enjoyed the bulk of possession, but did not truly threaten Guillermo Ochoa.