Should Neymar have been sent off for Brazil?

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Neymar bagged two goals in Brazil’s victory over Croatia, but should the Barcelona man have been sent off beforehand?

Should Neymar have been sent off for Brazil against Croatia on Thursday? Referee Yuichi Nishimura didn't think so as he branded the Barcelona forward with a cautionary yellow card despite the 22-year-old's arms being raised.

Video replays seem to show Neymar's eyes closely following the movements of Croatian midfielder Luka Modric before the Brazilian slammed his right elbow across the Real Madrid man's face.

The European side surrounded the referee and demanded that Neymar receive his marching orders, however, Nishimura declined and merely cautioned the Brazilian.

The controversy continued shortly after as Neymar picked up the ball from deep before steering home a tame effort past Croatian goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa.

Brazil were then given another fortunate decision as Fred was apparently fouled in the box by Southampton defender Dejan Lovren.

Lovren and his Croatian teammates once again pleaded to the referee, but in vain as the penalty was awarded. And who was to stand up and take the spot-kick? Neymar. The Barcelona man needed no second invitation and dispatched the penalty to put Brazil 2-1 up.

Then late in the match, Chelsea’s Oscar scored to wrap up a 3-1 comeback victory for Brazil.

With the World Cup finally underway, there is already excitement brewing in Brazil after an enthralling opening match in Sao Paulo.

Neymar will have been centre of attention prior to the World Cup, now he is undoubtedly set to make the headlines.

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