- POSTED: 24 Jun 2014 09:08
- UPDATED: 24 Jun 2014 09:09
Two-goal Neymar hailed Brazil's 4-1 victory over Cameroon as the hosts' "best performance yet" after a man-of-the-match display that fired his team into the last 16 on Monday.
BRASILIA: Two-goal Neymar hailed Brazil's 4-1 victory over Cameroon as the hosts' "best performance yet" after a man-of-the-match display that fired his team into the last 16 on Monday.
"The most important thing was the team and I think this was our best performance," said the 22-year-old after receiving his award at the National Stadium in Brasilia.
"Not because of the number of goals we scored but because of how we played, pressing our opponents in the way we wanted to. Congratulations to everyone.
"We are on the right track and are growing all the time as we get closer to making our dream come true."
Brazil's win saw them finish top of Group A on goal difference from Mexico and took them through to a last-16 tie against Chile on Saturday in Belo Horizonte.
"I think it will be a very difficult match. Everyone who is watching the World Cup knows that there are no weak teams in the competition," said Neymar, who has now scored four goals in his first three World Cup matches, equalling a feat achieved by his great predecessor Pele.
"Everybody is at the same level. Football is becoming harder and harder so we will be up against very strong opposition."
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said his team are getting better all the time after their win over Cameroon.
"We have qualified but it wasn't easy. Cameroon are a good side and it is hard to see how they could have lost three games when you see how they played", said Scolari after a brace from Neymar and goals by Fred and Fernandinho gave the Selecao a handsome victory.
"We are almost at the ideal level and it is important coming into the knockout phase.
"Now we need to make sure we commit less mistakes. In the group stage, you can get away with slipping up in one match but winning the other two, but now games can be decided by a single goal."
Scolari's side now go on to a last-16 tie against Chile in Belo Horizonte on Saturday, and the coach admitted that he had not wanted Brazil to face their South American rivals.
"I have come up against Chile two times before and I know how difficult a team they are," he said of Chile, who finished second in Group B behind the Netherlands.
"Some people think it will be easy to beat them, but they are a quality, well organised side.
"If I could have chosen our opponents, I would not have chosen them," said the Brazilian.