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Brazil beat Croatia as World Cup kicks off

© Photo: AFP

Text by Peter BERLIN

Latest update : 2014-06-13

Brazil beat Croatia, 3-1, in Sao Paulo on Thursday night to open the 2014 World Cup in impressive style.

Croatia took the lead when Marcelo, a Brazilian defender, put the ball into his own net after 11 minutes.

Neymar, Brazil’s star striker, levelled after 29 minutes with a clever long-range shot. 

He gave Brazil the lead from the penalty spot in the 71st minute after Dejan Lovren was deemed to have fouled Fred.

Stipe Pletikosa, the Croatian goalie, reached the shot but could not stop it squirming through his hands.

Croatia pressed but could not score. Instead it was punished when Oscar struck on the counter-attack in the last minute.

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BRAZIL CELEBRATES WORLD CUP OPENER WIN

Date created : 2014-06-12

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