FIFA World Cup 2014: Brazil 3 -1 Croatia Two Goals from Neymar and a late goal from Oscar saw Brazil through to a 3-1 win over Croatia after the Croatians took a shock lead early on through a Marcelo own goal.
With the atmosphere set for an amazing World Cup opener, the hosts were shocked early on when Marcelo inadvertently putting the ball in his own goal. Though Croatia seemed like the better of the two sides early on the goal really set the tone for the rest of the game as it seemed to have awaken the Brazilians.
Croatia decided to sit back and absorb the Brazilian pressure but a long-shot from Neymar from outside of the box from his left foot saw the ball squeeze into the bottom right hand side of the goal and to the left of the goalkeeper making it 1-1 at half time.
Brazil seemed to be the better of the two sides overall with Oscar being the star of the show throughout the game with his workrate and brilliant passing but it took a controversial penalty for the home side when there was not much tugging but Fred went down easily. Brazil got their noses ahead through a 2nd from Neymar. The penalty too could’ve and should’ve been stopped by the Croatian keeper having got his hands on a timid penalty by Neymar.
Hulk and Olic both seemed miserably bad for their respective teams and Hernanes and Bernard instilled a new set of energy into the Brazil line-up. The 3rd goal and a very well deserved goal for Oscar came into the dying moments of the match when he toe poked the ball from the outside of his right foot with the keeper once again to be blamed.
The penalty for the 2nd goal was a very controversial one and people around the world will be talking about it for some time considering the magnitude of the game and the effect the decision had over the match. Unfortunately the referee probably made the headlines when we wanted to be talking about Neymar or Luka Modric instead. It was a good game of football, Croatia have shown they can hold their own against the good teams.