It was a shaky affair that saw Brasil take the first game of the World Cup against Croatia in the opening match of the 2014 World Cup.
Brasil opened up the game with a few chances. The atmosphere was palpable and the sounds of the crowd singing the Brasilian National Anthem rang for miles. Neymar came into the match carrying a small knock picked up in training but he pushed through scoring 2 key goals.
In the 11th minute, Marcelo put the ball into his own net behind a missed clearance from a low cross from Olic. The Croatian fans celebrated and you could feel the tense Brasilian fans getting even more anxious. Brasil responded well and went on to bombard Croatia with wave after wave of attacks. They finally were able to pull through after the 29th minute behind a strike from outside the box from Neymar. It was the first time since 2002 that a Brasilian #10 had scored in the World Cup.
No changes were made at halftime and at the 71st minute, Fred went down in the area(a rather embarrassing dive) and gave Neymar the opportunity to put Brasil up 2-1. Pletikose guessed correctly but was not able to keep the ball out of the net behind Neymars powerful shot. Oscar put the game to bed in the 91st minute with a wonderful shot with the outside of his foot.
Brasil’s next match is June 17th vs Mexico and will look to go up to 6 points with their toughest match of the group behind them.
Croatia will look to get on track for qualification when they take on Cameroon on the 18th.
-Disgruntled Sports Fan