Brazil opened the 2014 FIFA 2014 World Cup™ in perfect style with an upbeat approach as they saw off Croatia 3-1 at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo on Thursday. Croatia scored the first goal of the 2014 tournament through an own goal by Marcelo, but the home side came back to snatch the match with striker Neymar netting a brace and Oscar scoring one to ensure a victory for the Samba Boys. Marcelo scored Brazil’s first ever own goal at a World Cup.
Ivica Olic came from the left-side and rolled the ball into the box for Nikica Jelavic but Marcelo’s touch sent it into the net, awarding Croatia an early lead. The Brazilians controlled the possession and dictated terms and in the 20th minute Neymar drilled a shot into the net from a distance to level the score. Both sides were sitting at a goal each when they were at the break.
When Croatia’s Deja Lovren pulled Fred in the box, referee Yuichi Nishimura awarded a penalty in the 68th minute, and Neymar slotted the penalty home, piercing it past Stipe Pletikosa’s fingers, making it 2-1 and his second goal of the tournament. Oscar intercepted a ball in the middle of the park, penetrating Croatia’s defence, to seal the match for the Selecao making it 3-1 in added time. Brazil will face Mexico in their next game while Croatia will lock horns against Cameroon.