Brazil’s first opening match with Croatia is win 3-1 with 2 goals scored by Neymar. No doubt, Neymar was the star of that match.
The No.1o equalized after Marcelo’s own-goal, and converted a second-half penalty after Fred had been fouled by Dejan Lovren.
Croatia had scored before the end of the game, but Ivica Olic was adjudged to have fouled Julio Cesar in the build-up, and Oscar made sure of the victory later.
The opening goal scored by a Brazilian of 2014 World Cup was remarkable in itself. Ivica Olic received the ball on the Croatia left and ran unopposed into the Brazilian half. His low cross fizzed across goal and was turned in by Marcelo who failed to readjust his feet in time. Ivan Persic was ready to pounce if the Real Madrid man had not made the final touch.
The audience were shocked, but the rallied behind their side. Oscar worked hard to regain possession for Brazil in the middle of the pitch before passing the ball to Neymar.
The remainder of the first half saw Brazil dominate possession, with Croatia looking dangerous on the counter-attack.
More pressure in the second half, the host went ahead. The ball was played into the box towards Fred, who tried to swivel to hit it towards goal. He was impeded by Lovren and the referee pointed to the spot. Neymar stepped up, delayed his run-up and hit hard to Pletikosa’s right-hand side.
The last goal was scored by Oscar which fire home. Thus far, Brazil wrapped up the three points.
Croatia is valiant but Brazil is strong. However Croatia put in a fantastic performance from the first minute to the last.