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Brazil Wins World Cup Operner, 3-1



Two goals from Brazilian poster child Neymar Jr. lead the hosts to a come-from-behind win over Croatia in the World Cup opener.
When Brazil was awarded a penalty after Fred went down while backing into Dejan Lovren. It was a nothing challenge, and Croatia were furious, but Neymar stepped up to take it regardless. A stuttered run-up preceded his effort, which Pletikosa got his hands to, but somehow couldn't keep out the goal. Again, the stadium erupted and Brazil finally had the lead at 2-1.
More controversy was to come, and again it favored Brazil. Croatia regrouped to try and get something from the game, and a deep cross found Julio Cesar stranded with Olic swooping in to head the ball. Eventually, it fell loose, but Croatia were prevented from firing home after the referee judged Cesar to have been fouled. Unsurprisingly, Croatia were not pleased.
In the end, it was a narrow victory for Brazil.


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