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Mexico advances to next round

Mexico's Javier Hernandez scores during Monday's match against Croatia. Mexico won 3-1.
Mexico's Javier Hernandez scores during Monday's match against Croatia. Mexico won 3-1.

Mexico surged into the World Cup's knockout stage for a sixth straight time with an emphatic 3-1 win over Croatia.

Rafael Marquez, Andres Guardado and Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez scored in a 10-minute span in the second half, dooming a talented Croatia side to elimination from the group stage.

The Croatians had to win to advance and held the bulk of possession, but had trouble seriously threatening goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who kept out all efforts in the group stage until an 87th-minute consolation goal from Ivan Perisic.

Brazil 4, Cameroon 1: Neymar lived up to the expectations of the World Cup host nation, scoring two goals as Brazil routed Cameroon to reach the knockout stage as the top team in Group A.

The 22-year-old forward netted twice in the first half, on either side of midfielder Joel Matip's goal for Cameroon in the 26th minute.

Fred and Fernandinho added second-half goals for Brazil, which will face South American rival Chile in the second round.

Netherlands 2, Chile 0: Leroy Fer scored a minute after coming on as a substitute to help give the Netherlands a victory over Chile and seal the top spot in Group B with its third consecutive win.

Fer had only just replaced Wesley Sneijder when he rose almost unmarked in the Chile penalty area to put the Dutch ahead with a powerful 77th-minute header. Another substitute, Memphis Depay, tapped in a cross from Arjen Robben in stoppage time to double the lead.

Spain 3, Australia 0: Spain, the 2010 champion, salvaged some World Cup pride with a lopsided win over Australia in its last match at the tournament.

After losing their previous matches in Group B to the Netherlands and Chile, both teams went into the match knowing they could not advance to the second round.

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