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.
|12||Júlio César (GK)||1||Pletikosa (GK)|
|3||Thiago Silva (C)||4||Perišić|
|1||Jefferson (GK)||12||Zelenika (GK)|
|22||Victor (GK)||23||Subašić (GK)|
|Luiz Felipe Scolari (BRA)||Niko Kovač (CRO)|
|Yuichi Nishimura (JPN)|