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World Cup kicks off: Brazil 3 Croatia 1

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Despite all the criticism, despite all the scare stories, despite all the demonstrations, the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicked off today in São Paulo's Arena Corinthians Stadium with President Dilma Roussef looking on. The result was a perfect mirror of the game, with Brazil attacking more and showing more brilliance, yet Croatia was far from an onlooker.

Brazil 3        Croatia 1

Neymar 29   Marcelo (own goal, o.g. 11)

Neymar 71 (pen)

Oscar 90

Hrvatska! This was the first roar the Arena Corinthians Stadium heard this evening as the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicked off with the Group A game between hosts Brazil and Croatia, when after ten minutes Marcelo poked a loose ball into his own net, the sequence of a Croatia counter-attack from Brazil's first corner of five on nine minutes.

Brazil kept pressing, despite the setback and after 29 minutes, the amazing Neymar equalized, three minutes after getting a yellow card for elbowing. His left-footed shot rebounded off the woodwork, leaving Croatia's solid keeper, Pletikosa, beaten.

In the second half, Neymar (penalty) and Oscar added two more goals for Brazil on 71 and 90 minutes, the last coming seconds after Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar made a crucial save.

Croatia will certainly prove a difficult opponent for Cameroon and Mexico in the same group but can hardly complain about this result, such was the dominance of Brazil's attacking display.

Match statistics


Julio Cesar, Dani Alves, T. Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo, Hulk (Bernard), Paulinho (Hernanes), Fred, Neymar (Ramires), Oscar, L. Gustavo 

Coach: Luiz Felipe SCOLARI


Yellow cards: Neymar, L. Gustavo


Pletikosa, Vrsaljko, Perisic, Corluka, Lovren, Rakitic, Jelavic (Rebic), Modric, Srna, Olic, Kovacic (Brozovic)

Coach: Niko KOVAC

Yellow cards: Corluka, Lovren


Ball possession: Brazil 61% Croatia 39%

Shots/on target: Brazil 14/6 Croatia   11/3

Corners Brazil 7 Croatia 3

Fouls committed Brazil 5 Croatia 20




Country Played Won Drawn Lost Goals for Goals against Goal difference Points


Group A                                                       

Brazil Cameroon Croatia Mexico                 


Brazil 1 1 0 0 3 1 + 2 3

Croatia 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0




Goal scorers Neymar (2) Brazil  Oscar 1 Brazil

Own goals Marcelo 1 Brazil


Group B

Australia Chile Netherlands Spain


Group C                                                        

Colombia Greece Ivory Coast Japan            


Group D

Costa Rica England Italy Uruguay


Group E                                                        

Ecuador France Honduras Switzerland       


Group F

Argentina Bosnia-Herzegovina Iran Nigeria


Group G                                                       

Germany Ghana Portugal USA                    


Group H

Algeria Belgium Rep. Korea Russia


Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey





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