Arena de Sao Paulo - Sao Paulo 12/06/2014 - 22:00CET (17:00 local time)

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Brazil - Croatia
3-1
 

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Neymar double helps Brazil beat Croatia

Published: Thursday 12 June 2014, 23.55CET
Brazil 3-1 Croatia
FC Barcelona forward Neymar scored twice on his 50th cap as the hosts came from behind to open the FIFA World Cup with victory.

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Match statistics

Brazil
Croatia

3

Goals scored

1

14

Total attempts

9

7

Attempts on target

4

4

off target

5

4

blocked

4

0

against woodwork

0

7

Corners

3

1

Offsides

0

2

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

5

Fouls committed

21

20

Fouls suffered

5

Standings

Last updated: 13/06/2014 01:05 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Published: Thursday 12 June 2014, 23.55CET

Neymar double helps Brazil beat Croatia

Brazil 3-1 Croatia
FC Barcelona forward Neymar scored twice on his 50th cap as the hosts came from behind to open the FIFA World Cup with victory.

Hosts Brazil opened the FIFA World Cup with a 3-1 victory against Croatia, though they were made to sweat in Sao Paulo.

The five-time winners, staging the tournament for the first time since 1950, suffered a scare when they went behind to a Marcelo own goal after just 11 minutes. Neymar then came to the fore on his 50th cap, scoring his 32nd and 33rd international goals – the second a penalty – before Oscar's late finish rubber-stamped victory in Group A.

Though Luiz Felipe Scolari's team were superior in possession from the off, Croatia had the better of the early chances. Ivica Olić's header went narrowly off target after seven minutes, but the VfL Wolfsburg man was celebrating with his team-mates soon after when his low cross from the left was inadvertently turned in by Marcelo after Nikica Jelavić had miscued his shot.

Brazil started to find their feet midway through the first half, however, and nearly drew level through Oscar's bending effort from outside the penalty area. Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa was up to the task on that occasion, but could do nothing to keep out Neymar's precise shot just before the half-hour.

Brazil looked short of ideas after the interval – only Daniel Alves's long-range free-kick had caused Pletikosa any degree of alarm – until Dejan Lovren was adjudged to have brought down Fred in the box. Neymar made no mistake with his spot kick, albeit via the palms of Croatia's No1.

The FC Barcelona youngster would most likely have had his hat-trick had David Luiz allowed Oscar's vicious cross to fall his way rather than launching himself at the ball only to head off target. It mattered not, though, for the Chelsea FC midfielder's impish effort in added time ensured three points for the Seleção. On Tuesday they take on a Mexico team that also opened their campaign with victory, with Croatia up against Cameroon on Wednesday.

Last updated: 14/06/14 10.16CET

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Lineups

Brazil

Brazil

Croatia

Croatia

12Júlio César (GK)1Stipe Pletikosa (GK)
2Daniel Alves2Šime Vrsaljko
3Thiago Silva (C)4Ivan Perišić
4David Luiz5Vedran Ćorluka
Yellow Card66
6Marcelo
Goal11
6Dejan Lovren
Yellow Card69
7Hulk
Substitution68
7Ivan Rakitić
8Paulinho
Substitution63
9Nikica Jelavić
Substitution78
9Fred10Luka Modrić
10Neymar
Yellow Card27
Goal29
Goal71
Substitution88
11Darijo Srna (C)
11Oscar
Goal90+1
18Ivica Olić
17Luiz Gustavo
Yellow Card88
20Mateo Kovačić
Substitution61

Substitutes

1Jefferson (GK)12Oliver Zelenika (GK)
22Victor (GK)23Danijel Subašić (GK)
5Fernandinho3Danijel Pranjić
13Dante8Ognjen Vukojević
14Maxwell13Gordon Schildenfeld
15Henrique14Marcelo Brozović
Substitution61
16Ramires
Substitution88
15Milan Badelj
18Hernanes
Substitution63
16Ante Rebić
Substitution78
19Willian19Sammir
20Bernard
Substitution68
21Domagoj Vida
2122Eduardo
23Maicon

Coach

Luiz Felipe Scolari (BRA) Niko Kovač (CRO)

Referee

Yuichi Nishimura (JPN)

Assistant referees

Toru Sagara (JPN), ()

Fourth official

Alireza Faghani (IRN)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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