Brazil 3-1 Croatia: Chelsea star scores in Selecao win

Brazil opened the 2014 World Cup with a 3-1 win in not such traditional fashion as Croatia stole the samba mood with a fighting performance.

From the start Brazil looked nervous at the back and Croatia certainly weren’t taking any prisoners. Niko Kovac's players clearly played with pride and can hold their heads up high as they were unlucky not to get a point out of the game.

This was specifically highlighted when Fred went down soft in the box and a controversial penalty was given. Croatia seemed to have equalised at 2-1, but Ivica Olic was penalised for another controversial foul on Julio Cesar.

Brazil went behind early on through a Marcelo own goal but with a slight bit luck and genius, Neymar equalised 17 minutes later with a strike on the edge of the box.

In the second half, the controversial penalty incident occurred. Neymar took the spot-kick and squeezed it past goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa, who will be disappointed not to have done better.

Croatia went on to pile pressure on Brazil for the rest of the game, until Oscar killed all hope by toe-poking home in the 90th minute

Take nothing away from the contest as it was as entertaining as a World Cup opener could be, and Brazil will be pleased to have the first game over and done with so they can concentrate on the remainder of the campaign.

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