Brasilia: An anxious nation and its capital city exhaled in relief Monday. Their beloved national soccer team, which has not played with the precision and dominance that many had hoped for in the World Cup, nevertheless moved on to the next round with a convincing win.
Playing in front of a pulsating crowd, Brazil beat Cameroon, 4-1 at Estadio Nacional Do Mane Garrincha to win Group A. It will play Chile in the round of 16 on Saturday in Belo Horizonte as an already captivating tournament moves into another gear.
Going into the game, it was possible for Brazil to finish second in the group or even fail to qualify at all, adding a level of tension to the proceedings.