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

Final tournament - Group stage - Group A

Brazil - Croatia
3-1
 

Brazil - Croatia 3-1 - 12/06/2014 - Match page - FIFA World Cup 2014

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Neymar double helps Brazil beat Croatia

Published: Thursday 12 June 2014, 23.00CET
Neymar double helps Brazil beat Croatia
Neymar takes his tally to 33 international goals by scoring from the penalty spot ©AFP/Getty Images

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.

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

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    It was not all plain sailing for Brazil, but the hosts showed admirable spirit to bounce back from going behind and open their campaign with victory.
  • Goal
    90+1
    Oscar (Brazil) scores!
    Brazil break after riding out some pressure at the other end and Oscar finishes with an impish toe-poke from outside the penalty area.
  • Substitution
    88
    Ramires (in) - Neymar (out) (Brazil)
  • Yellow Card
    88
    Luiz Gustavo (Brazil) is booked.
  • Substitution
    78
    Rebić (in) - Jelavić (out) (Croatia)

See also

  • Brazil

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Mexico, 17 June 2014, 0-0
  • Croatia

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Cameroon, 18 June 2014, 0-4
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