The hosts, Brazil suffered an early setback when Brazil's defender Marcelo put the ball through his own net after ten-odd minutes of the game, but the five time champions came back to defeat the spirited Croats, 3-1 in an overall exciting and thrilling World Cup opening match last night.
Brazilian striker, Neymar showed his class scoring a brace, which
helped their team win the first match of the competition. The
Barcelona forward equalized in the 29th minute of the game. It was
spectacular to watch him beat the Croatian defender and make a run
towards the edge of the field and hitting a low shot that went into
the net off the goal post. The equalizer was greeted wildly by
Brazilian fans with fireworks. It meant a lot to them.
Neymar's second goal was a mere penalty, but it was an all important
one as the goal brought them closer to three points. The penatly
seemed to be a controversial one, awarded in favour of Brazil. It was
felt that Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura wrongfully ruled that
Croatia's defender Dejan Lovren had hauled down Fred.
The third goal
scored by Oscar was a brilliant one as well, where he ran at
defenders and cleverly placed the ball in the corner of the net.
But, one should
not take anything away from the grit and determination of the
Croatian players, who gave it their all and also looked better than
the Brazlians in some instance. On the other hand, though, this may
be the first match of the tournament, Brazil needs to come up with a
better orgainised game, if they are to remain true to their