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Match summary

Neymar fires Brazil to comeback victory

 A double from Neymar propelled Brazil to a 3-1 comeback victory over Croatia in an entertaining start to the FIFA World Cup.

Match Highlights

Quotes

“The players were fantastic. They kept calm and turned around the Opening Match of the World Cup, which is not easy. The fans deserve an even bigger hand, though. The support here in Sao Paulo was amazing. It was out of this world and people can’t imagine what it was like,” Luiz Felipe Scolari, Brazil coach

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Live Blog

19:06

OBRIGADO:
Thank you for following our live blog throughout the Opening Ceremony. Please stay with us for continued post-match coverage on our World Cup blog for the latest post-match reaction!

18:59

Goal Counter

4Goals so far
OSCAR
BRA3-1CRO
Latest Scorer
BRA
OSCAR
18:58
NEYMAR JR
BrazilBRA
Forward

has been elected Man of the Match

88MINUTES PLAYED49TOTAL PASSES2GOALS FOR4SHOTS
18:54
The final whistle sounds.

FULL-TIME:
In the end the hosts were too strong for Niko Kovac's Croatia, though their early lead off of Marcelo's own goal defintiely had the crowd in the Arena de Sao Paulo worried!

18:54
90'+BROZOVIĆ (Croatia) sees an effort go off target.
Brazil
BrazilBRA
Croatia
CroatiaCRO

Statistics

Possession

59%
41%
5 Fouls Committed 21
9 Attempts On Target 4
14 Shots 10
3 Total Goals Scored 1
1 Penalties Scored 0
18:50
90'+ OSCAR (Brazil) scores!!

Oscar weaves his way through the Croatian backline and fires a low stirke from long range, catching Pletikosa off-guard. A brilliantly placed finish puts the game all but out of reach for the Europeans.

18:50
90'+DAVID LUIZ (Brazil) blocks the shot.

GREAT BLOCK:
David Luiz comes up with a massive stop to prevent Croatia's equaliser!

18:50
90'+BROZOVIĆ (Croatia) sees his effort hit the target.
18:49
90'+JULIO CESAR (Brazil) blocks the shot.
18:49
90'+PERIŠIĆ (Croatia) sees his effort hit the target.

Man of the Match

Forward

has been elected Budweiser MAN OF THE MATCH!

Photos

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Line-ups

Brazil
BrazilBRA
Croatia
CroatiaCRO
(GK)
(GK)
(C)
68'
63'
78'
88'
(C)
61'
SubstitutesSubstitutes
(GK)
(GK)
(GK)
(GK)
61'
88'
78'
63'
68'
21
Not eligible to play
Absent
CoachCoach
Luiz Felipe SCOLARI (BRA)Niko KOVAC (CRO)

Match Facts

Sao Paulo

Arena de Sao Paulo

  • Stadium nameArena de Sao Paulo
  • CitySao Paulo
  • Year constructed2014
  • Overall capacity62601

Weather

  • Sunny
  • 24° CTemperature
  • 8 m/sWind
  • 63 %Humidity

Officials

  • Referee: Yuichi NISHIMURA
    Japan
    JapanJPN
  • Assistant Referee 1: Toru SAGARA (JPN)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Toshiyuki NAGI (JPN)
  • Fourth official: Alireza FAGHANI (IRN)

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  • Your 11

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