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

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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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