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2014 World Cup Match Report: Brazil 3-1 Croatia

Posted: 13 June 2014 Time: 00:16

Brazil came from behind to beat Croatia 3-1 in the opening match of the 2014 World Cup on Thursday night.

Marcelo's own-goal put Brazil on the back foot early on but two goals from Neymar and another from Oscar sealed three points for the hosts.

READ: All the minute-by-minute action

In the opening few minutes both sides had half-chances via headed attempts from David Luiz and Ivica Olic before the first real action of the game.

Croatia were gifted the first goal in the 11th minute when Marcelo turned Olic's dangerous cross from the left flank into his own net. The ball across the face of goal was pinpoint, and the Brazil left-back was put off by a slight touch from Nikica Jelavic before his error put his side behind.

The home side took control of the match after going one down and forced the first real save out of Stipe Pletikosa in the Croatia goal in the 20th minute as Paulinho shot straight at the keeper.

Two minutes later Neymar showed great skill to cut the ball back from the right byline before Oscar's left-footed effort from 25 yards was expertly kept out by Pletikosa diving to his right.

Neymar pulled a goal back for his side just three minutes after picking up the first booking of the game. Oscar showed real grit in midfield to win the ball off two Croatia players before feeding Neymar, who put the ball onto his left foot before sending a sweet shot into the bottom-right corner, in off the post, from 25 yards out.

Oscar was proving to be a real thorn in Croatia's side as his endeavour down the right continued to create openings for the Samba Kings.

The second half promised more goals and duly delivered despite a slow start following the half-time break.

In the 69th minute Brazil were awarded a rather soft penalty as Fred went down following slight contact from Dejan Lovren in the box. Neymar stepped up to take it and scored, but only after Pletikosa got a hand to the effort.

Croatia thought they had an equaliser in the 83rd minute but the referee had blown for a foul by Olic on Julio Cesar in the build-up.

In the 91st minute Oscar got the goal he richly deserved after a fabulous performance after running at the Croatia backline, beating two defenders and toe-poking a shot from outside the box into the bottom-left corner.

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posted: 2014-06-12 22:36:25

Well Brazil won congrats to them but sometimes referees can spoil matches with their dubicious decisions

posted: 2014-06-12 22:39:46

Oscar played his heart out. I think today all south africans will realise why our bafana defence failed to contain him. He s too good. How I wish to c Lucas Moura in the starting line up.

posted: 2014-06-12 23:04:04

Neymar Jr! With th commentators voice

posted: 2014-06-12 23:09:52

Fixed.....Well done Fifa..I hope protesters calmed down after that fix

Mansa KC
posted: 2014-06-12 23:24:32

Oscar showed the grit Mou instilled in him, he created a monster there.. Well played..

posted: 2014-06-12 23:43:03

Gud start mabrazilians ma boi neymer keep t up da good wrk

posted: 2014-06-12 23:47:15

I'm happy that samba boys won but hey that penalty, no no no man

posted: 2014-06-13 03:31:04

Oscar and neymar!!!

posted: 2014-06-13 03:49:18

hey Oscar scored a brilliant goal

posted: 2014-06-13 04:11:31

All eyes be on the cow neymar jr but do watch out for oscar

Jay 365
posted: 2014-06-13 04:26:18

Mxm Brazil bought the Referee and people still think this country is gonna win the world cup what a shame

posted: 2014-06-13 05:07:44

Jay 365 its not easy to win your first game. Brazil have potential to improve esp. if you watch them during confed. Croatia was playing Chiefs game tht is why they lost

posted: 2014-06-13 05:15:39

stunxa was Moura selected?

Jay 365
posted: 2014-06-13 05:17:52

I agree with you its not easy and yes brazil does have potential but don't you think some of the Referee's call were in favour of brazil

The Transformer Reloaded
posted: 2014-06-13 05:19:48

Technically, the two 22 year olds won the night for Brazil; but with us in Mzansi when you are 25 you are regarded as a youngster. And some start their debut for the nation in their late 20s. If we want to develop our football, we should learn to trust our youngsters. They may not start by winning, but a good culture would be developed; look at Ghana, they went to war with boys, watch the next Afcon and if the won't qualify for 2018 WC.

However, Oscar was the best for me, not taking anything from Neymar.

The Transformer Reloaded
posted: 2014-06-13 05:23:44

I agree with on Oscar, he owned night; but as for Neymar as cow while he brought Brazil back in the game, that's a cowish comment right there.

The Transformer Reloaded
posted: 2014-06-13 05:26:05

As tiny as he is, he goes down not easy. I like his resistance and a hunger for victory.

posted: 2014-06-13 05:27:26

That referee was terrible...

posted: 2014-06-13 05:29:41


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