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Group Match - Soft Penalty Hard on Croatia

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Travel to Brazil Brazil vs Travel to Croatia Croatia in Sao Paulo.

Match Preview

Brazil open the 2014 World Cup Finals against Croatia, in Sao Paolo.

The two teams met in Berlin, during Germany 2006, with Brazil claiming a narrow (1:0) victory; thanks to a cracker from Kaka.

The year before, they drew (1:1) in a friendly match; played in Split, Croatia.

The Match

Sixty-four years after they last hosted a World Cup Finals, Brazil finally get the show on the road for the 2014 edition.

Goalscorers 0:1
Croatia were not intimidated by the home crowd in Sao Paolo and within eleven minutes they took the lead thanks to a fast counter-attack on the left.

Ivica Olic's low shot was scuffed by Nikica Jelavic but the ball reached the feet of Marcelo, then rolled away from the Brazilian and into Julio Cesar's net.

Goalscorers 1:1
Eighteen minutes later, Brazil were back on level terms.

Some might say say Neymar was lucky to only see a yellow card from the Japanese referee, for an arm to the face of Luka Modric, and might not have been on the pitch.

But on the pitch he was and he did what he does best, struck the ball low towards the inside of the Croatian post and watch it hit the back of the net.

Half-time: Brazil 1 - Croatia 1

For much of the second-half, both teams seemed content not to lose the opening game until a soft penalty was awarded to Brazil, with twenty minutes left on the clock.

Goalscorers 2:1
After a little delay and some showboating between Stipe Pletikosa and Neymar, the Croatian almost managed to stop the young Brazilian from scoring his second goal of the tournament.

Goalscorers 3:1
Just when Croatia looked like they might even the score, the hosts made the scorline look flattering with a toe-poke from Oscar.

It wasn't quite Samba football but the 2014 World Cup Finals started positively enough with plenty of encouraging signs for the weeks ahead.

Final Score: Brazil 3 - Croatia 1

0:1 - Marcelo (11 mins - own goal)
1:1 - Neymar (29 mins)
2:1 - Neymar (71 mins pen)
3:1 - Oscar (91 mins)

Travel to Brazil Brazil:
12-Julio Cesar; 2-Dani Alves, 3-Thiago Silva, 4-David Luiz, 6-Marcelo; 8-Paulinho, 17-Luiz Gustavo, 7-Hulk, 11-Oscar; 10-Neymar, 9-Fred.

Travel to Croatia Croatia:
1-Stipe Pletikosa; 11-Darijo Srna, 5-Vedran Corluka, 6-Dejan Lovren, 2-Sime Vrsaljko; 10-Luka Modric, 7-Ivan Rakitic, 4-Ivan Perisic, 20-Mateo Kovacic, 18-Ivica Olic, 9-Nikica Jelavic.

2014 World Cup Referees Referee: Yuichi Nishimura - Japan Travel to Japan

Yellow Cards 4 yellow cards:
27 mins - Neymar (Brazil)
65 mins - Vedran Corluka (Croatia)
69 mins - Dejan Lovren (Croatia)
87 mins - Luiz Gustavo (Brazil)

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First Round

Thursday, 12th June
Brazil vs Croatia

Friday, 13th June
Chile vs Australia
Mexico vs Cameroon
Spain vs Netherlands

Saturday, 14th June
Colombia vs Greece
Côte d'Ivoire vs Japan
England vs Italy
Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Sunday, 15th June
Argentina vs Bosnia
France vs Honduras
Switzerland vs Ecuador

Monday, 16th June
Germany vs Portugal
Ghana vs USA
Iran vs Nigeria

Tuesday, 17th June
Belgium vs Algeria
Brazil vs Mexico
Russia vs South Korea

Wednesday, 18th June
Australia vs Netherlands
Cameroon vs Croatia
Spain vs Chile

Thursday, 19th June
Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire
Japan vs Greece
Uruguay vs England

Friday, 20th June
Honduras vs Ecuador
Italy vs Costa Rica
Switzerland vs France

Saturday, 21st June
Argentina vs Iran
Germany vs Ghana
Nigeria vs Bosnia

Sunday, 22nd June
Belgium vs Russia
South Korea vs Algeria
USA vs Portugal

Monday, 23rd June
Australia vs Spain
Cameroon vs Brazil
Croatia vs Mexico
Netherlands vs Chile

Tuesday, 24th June
Costa Rica vs England
Greece vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs Uruguay
Japan vs Colombia

Wednesday, 25th June
Bosnia vs Iran
Ecuador vs France
Honduras vs Switzerland
Nigeria vs Argentina

Thursday, 26th June
Algeria vs Russia
Portugal vs Ghana
South Korea vs Belgium
USA vs Germany

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