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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

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18:58
NEYMAR JR
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has been elected Man of the Match

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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.
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Croatia
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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.
18:47
89'CORLUKA (Croatia) sees an effort go off target.
18:47
88' RAMIRES (in) comes off the bench to replace NEYMAR JR (out) (Brazil)

Scolari makes his last substitution of the night, taking off the hosts' hero and brining on Ramires in a defensive-minded change. The entire Arena de Sao Paulo are on their feeting applauding Neymar after his two-goal performance.

18:46
88' L GUSTAVO (Brazil) is yellow carded.
18:46
87'L GUSTAVO (Brazil) commits a foul.
18:46

NEYMAR BRACE: 
Brazil celebrate with their goal scorer after the No10 calmly finished his penalty to put the hosts up 2-1.

18:45
86'REBIĆ (Croatia) is penalised after committing a foul.
18:45
86'JULIO CESAR (Brazil) blocks the shot.
18:45
86'MODRIĆ (Croatia) sees his effort hit the target.
18:44
85'LOVREN (Croatia) is penalised after committing a foul.
18:44
85'RAKITIĆ (Croatia) swings in the corner.
18:42
83'OLIĆ (Croatia) commits a foul.

Croatia were on the doorstep of Brazil's goal and initially looked to have scored, but Olic fouled Julio Cesar and the referee rightly stopped play.

18:42

WORLD CUP WATCHING:
Belgium are enjoying the Opening Match from their hotel. Where are you watching the game? Tell us on our social hub.

18:39
80'BERNARD (Brazil) swings in the corner.
18:37
78' REBIĆ (in) comes off the bench to replace JELAVIĆ (out) (Croatia)
18:35
77'DAVID LUIZ (Brazil) sees an effort go off target.

WHAT A CHANCE:
The Brazil centre-back comes flying forward and nearly connects on a diving header, but it misses just high.

18:35
76'NEYMAR JR (Brazil) swings in the corner.
18:34
75'OSCAR (Brazil) commits a foul.
18:34

TENSION FROM 12 YARDS:
Curious how Neymar must have felt just before finishing that penalty? This piece looks at the art of the penalty taking from around the world:

18:32
73'LOVREN (Croatia) sees an effort go off target.
18:32
73'RAKITIĆ (Croatia) takes a corner kick.
18:32

Croatia come storming back after the restart and David Luiz is forced to clear for a corner.

18:30
71' NEYMAR JR (Brazil) successfully converts the penalty!

Neymar takes a stutter-step approach and shoots to Pletikosa's right. The Croatian keeper managed to get a hand on, causing a gasp from the crowd, but the No10's shot was too powerful and found its way into the goal.

18:30

Neymar places the ball on spot, looking to score his second of the game.

18:29

Penalty! Nishimura points straight away to the spot after Fred was taken down in the area by Lovren.

18:28
69' LOVREN (Croatia) is yellow carded.
18:28
69'FRED (Brazil) is fouled inside the box by LOVREN (Croatia). A penalty is awarded to Brazil.
18:28
69'OLIĆ (Croatia) is penalised after committing a foul.
18:27
68' BERNARD (in) comes off the bench to replace HULK (out) (Brazil)

That's Brazil's second subtitution tonight, Scolari electing to bring on the pacy Bernard in place of Hulk.

18:26
67'DANI ALVES (Brazil) sees an effort go off target.

The Brazil No2 had plenty of pace behind his free-kick but it was never looking to surprise Pletikosa, who was happy to watch the ball sail high.

18:24
66' CORLUKA (Croatia) is cautioned.

The Croatian is booked after clearing out Neymar in the middle of the park. That's certainly not the first time the Brazil No10 has been brought down aggressively.

18:24
65'CORLUKA (Croatia) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on NEYMAR JR (Brazil).
18:23
64'BROZOVIĆ (Croatia) commits a foul.
18:22
63'JELAVIĆ (Croatia) is penalised after committing a foul.
18:22
63' HERNANES (in) comes off the bench to replace PAULINHO (out) (Brazil)

Luiz Felipe Scolari follows suit shortly thereafter with his first change by bringing on Hernanes, who is likelier to get into the attack than Paulinho.

18:22
63'L GUSTAVO (Brazil) commits a foul.
18:20
61' BROZOVIĆ (in) comes off the bench to replace KOVAČIĆ (out) (Croatia)

Croatia coach Niko Kovac has made the game's first change and it's a one-for-one swap in the midfield.

18:20

ATTENDANCE:
A total of 62,103 fans have gathered at the Arena de Sao Paulo to take in the Opening Match, and they have helped create a remarkable World Cup atmosphere

18:18
59'SRNA (Croatia) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on MARCELO (Brazil).
18:16
57'PERIŠIĆ (Croatia) commits a foul.
18:16

We're ten minutes into the second half and Croatia are still struggling to get our of their half. The crowd are sensing a goal from the hosts, but nothing doing so far.

18:14
56'PERIŠIĆ (Croatia) sees an effort go off target.
18:13
54'VRSALJKO (Croatia) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on OSCAR (Brazil).
18:12

OPENING CEREMONY PHOTOS:
We have some tremendous photos of the Opening Ceremony on Facebook, and over 250,000 fans have already liked it!

18:11
52'OLIĆ (Croatia) illegally handles the ball.
18:11
52'PAULINHO (Brazil) is penalised after committing a foul.
18:10

Brazil have been camped in Croatia's final third in search of a second goal, but Pletikosa's backline has held up well so far.

18:10
51'VRSALJKO (Croatia) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on OSCAR (Brazil).
18:07

WHAT YOU'RE SAYING:
Here's what you had to say about the first half of the Opening Match:

J-B-C.

Stunning beginning of the match with the own goal.

by J-B-C.
sagi2711

I'd say Pletikosa's an early candidate for man of the match...

by sagi2711
18:04
The second half kicks off.

The second half is under way, the Brazilians resuming activity.

17:56

HALF-TIME READING:
Take a look at these three pieces from FIFA.com to keep you entertained during the half-time break. Don't forget to also #joinin the global conversation on our social hub to interact with fellow users!

Sampaio: You can't imagine this match
Hart: I take nothing for granted
Parreira: Neymar looks so relaxed

17:50

Man of the Match

Voting is now open for your man of the match - who's caught your eye today?

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17:50

After an entertaining first 45 minutes of football from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, Croatia and the hosts head into half-time level at 1-1. As indicated in the statistics below, A Seleção dominated possession but Marcelo's early own goal put them in an early deficit, only for Neymar to equalise 18 minutes later.

17:49
The referee brings the first half to an end.
17:49
Brazil
BrazilBRA
Croatia
CroatiaCRO

Statistics

Possession

64%
36%
1 Fouls Committed 8
7 Attempts On Target 1
10 Shots 3
1 Total Goals Scored 1
0 Penalties Scored 0
17:48
45'+JELAVIĆ (Croatia) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on L GUSTAVO (Brazil).
17:46
45'HULK (Brazil) sees an effort go off target.

Neymar dribbles at the defence with pace yet again, the ball comes back to Hulk who shoots but misses high and wide

17:45
44'LOVREN (Croatia) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on FRED (Brazil).
17:45

Brazil breaking fast on the counter-attack

17:44
44'OSCAR (Brazil) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
17:43
42'NEYMAR JR (Brazil) swings in the corner.
17:43
42'RAKITIĆ (Croatia) blocks the shot.
17:43
42'NEYMAR JR (Brazil) sees his effort hit the target.
17:42
41'RAKITIĆ (Croatia) commits a foul.

Croatia have been putting in some tough challenges all night, particularly on the goalscorer Neymar.

17:42
41'VRSALJKO (Croatia) blocks the shot.
17:42
41'DANI ALVES (Brazil) sees his effort hit the target.
17:40
39'SRNA (Croatia) commits a foul.
17:39

TRENDING:
After his goal, Neymar is now the top trending player on our social media hub.

17:37

BRAZIL CELEBRATE: 
A Seleção surround Neymar after notching the equaliser

17:35
35'RAKITIĆ (Croatia) swings in the corner.
17:34
33'NEYMAR JR (Brazil) swings in the corner.
17:34

Neymar's goal came in the 29th minute and was from close range, but in Croatia's two meetings with Brazil, they conceded a goal just before half-time, both from distance (Ricardinho in 2005, Kaka at Germany 2006).

17:34

That strike is Neymar's 5th goal in his last 6 competitive games for Brazil

17:32

The crowd is delighted with the equaliser and the decible level in the stadium has just risen significantly!

17:30
29' NEYMAR JR (Brazil) scores!!

Neymar breaks free of the Croatian defenders, leaving them in his wake before setting himself and shooting across Pletikosa with his left foot, the ball nestles in the bottom corner, off the post

17:29
29'JULIO CESAR (Brazil) blocks the shot.
17:29
29'JELAVIĆ (Croatia) sees his effort hit the target.
17:29

The crowd are trying to get Brazil going here in Sao Paulo, raising the noise level every few minutes when the hosts have the ball in the Croatia half

17:28
27' NEYMAR JR (Brazil) is cautioned.
17:27
27'NEYMAR JR (Brazil) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on MODRIĆ (Croatia).
17:27

JELAVIC CELEBRATES:
The Croatian is ecstatic after the Europeans take the lead

17:26

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17:25
24'PERIŠIĆ (Croatia) commits a foul.
17:23
22'HULK (Brazil) sees an effort go off target.
17:23
22'PLETIKOSA (Croatia) blocks the shot.

What a save! After Neymar dribbles past Rakitic, the ball is cleared out but only as far as Oscar who takes a shot from long range. Pletikosa is well up to the task though.

17:23
22'OSCAR (Brazil) sees his effort hit the target.
17:21
21'PLETIKOSA (Croatia) blocks the shot.

Paulinho's shot stings the hands of Pletikosa but fortunately for the Croatia keeper it was right at him.

17:21
21'PAULINHO (Brazil) sees his effort hit the target.
17:21
20'NEYMAR JR (Brazil) takes a corner kick.
17:21

IVAN PERISIC:
Croatia's No4 challenges Marcelo, who turned the ball into his own net.

17:17
16'NEYMAR JR (Brazil) swings in the corner.
17:17
16'CORLUKA (Croatia) blocks the shot.
17:17
16'NEYMAR JR (Brazil) sees his effort hit the target.
17:15

The crowd is significantly quieter now, but Brazil are continuing to push ahead looking for an equaliser.

17:12
11' MARCELO (Brazil) scores an own goal!!

Olic breaks down the Croatia left and is not closed down. He hits a low cross towards goal which is flicked on by Nikica Jelavic at the front post, Marcelo cannot stop his feet in time and it ends up in the back of the net

17:11
10'NEYMAR JR (Brazil) swings in the corner.
17:10
9'PAULINHO (Brazil) sees an effort go off target.
17:09
9'RAKITIĆ (Croatia) commits a foul.
17:09
8'PERIŠIĆ (Croatia) is penalised after committing a foul.
17:09

Just wide! Ivica Olic's header towards the far post is just off the mark. Great effort from the Croatians.

17:08
7'OLIĆ (Croatia) sees an effort go off target.
17:08

TEAM PHOTOS: 
The teams' Starting XI pose for pre-match photos

17:07
6'PLETIKOSA (Croatia) blocks the shot.
17:07
6'DAVID LUIZ (Brazil) sees his effort hit the target.
17:06

Brazil have maintained the majority of the possesion so far, and now have a dangerous free-kick opportunity after Hulk is fouled near the far touchline

17:05
5'CORLUKA (Croatia) concedes a free-kick following a challenge on HULK (Brazil).
17:04

Neymar treats the crowd to some early skills, which delights the majority of those in the stadium

17:02
1'KOVAČIĆ (Croatia) sees an effort go off target.
17:02

The decibel level reaches an incredible high as the crowd anticipate kick-off. The Estadio de Sao Paulo is ready. The world is ready. And Croatia will get us under way

17:01
The match kicks off.
17:01

Three young Brazilians walk out to the centre circle, surrounded by Brazil and Croatia to release doves as an international sign of peace.

16:59

Your 11

These are the most-popular line-ups chosen by FIFA.com users.

Brazil
BrazilBRA

12 JULIO CESAR, 2 Dani ALVES, 3 Thiago SILVA, 4 DAVID LUIZ, 6 MARCELO, 7 HULK, 9 FRED, 10 NEYMAR, 8 PAULINHO, 11 OSCAR, 16 RAMIRES

Croatia
CroatiaCRO

1 Stipe PLETIKOSA, 2 Sime VRSALJKO, 3 Danijel PRANJIC, 5 Vedran CORLUKA, 6 Dejan LOVREN, 17 Mario MANDZUKIC, 22 EDUARDO, 4 Ivan PERISIC, 7 Ivan RAKITIC, 10 Luka MODRIC, 20 Mateo KOVACIC

16:59

The captains meet at midfield and shake hands with Yuichi Nishimura and his officiating crew.

16:58

BRAZIL-CROATIA TEAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

16:57

Absolutely stunning. No music needed now, just the voices of nearly everyone in the Arena de Sao Paulo singing Brazil's anthem.

16:56

Brazil's anthem is underway and seemingly everyone is singing along!

16:55

Everyone is on their feet as the team's line up on either side of the officials, ready for the national anthems. First up: Croatia

16:54

Brazil skipper Thiago Silva and Croatia captain Darijo Srna lead their teams out of the tunnel to a deafening noise inside the Arena de Sao Paulo.

16:52

And here come A Seleção now. There are some great demonstrations of sportmanship in the tunnel, both sides reaching over for hugs and handshakes. That's great to see.

16:49

Croatia are starting to line up in the tunnel ahead of the pre-match procession. There looks to be great team spirit among the Europeans. Just waiting for Brazil to emerge now.

16:48

NIKO KOVAC: 
Croatia's coach spoke to us about the honour of leading his home country to the World Cup

16:45

OPENING CEREMONY: 
Before today's Opening Match, we were treated to an incredible opening ceremony featuring three astonishing acts and a performance of the Official Song 'We Are One'. Enjoy this gallery of some of the best photos from the event.

16:42

CROATIANS IN BRAZIL: 
A neighbourhood on the south side of Sao Paulo is home to many Croatians, which helps link the two countries together in football. We have the story here:

Where do their loyalties lie?

Where do their loyalties lie?

They’re Croatians. They live in Brazil. Members of the Sacra Paulistana Croatian Society express their emotions to FIFA.com as their birth nation and home nation prepare to collide.

 

16:40

Head-to-Head

Brazil
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Croatia
CroatiaCRO
.1Wins0.
.1Draws1.
2Total Goals scored1
16:39

Croatia head to the dressing room for one final team talk from coach Niko Kovac before heading back out for kick-off.

16:38

NEYMAR:  
Currently the second on the list of top trending players on social media.

16:34

GET INVOLVED:  
#Joinin the global conversation during the match and take a look at the wide variety of social media activity on our social hub.

16:32

The announcer is listing Brazil's squad and with each name said the crowd gets louder and louder. What an atmosphere!

16:31

JULIO CESAR
The Brazil No12 loosens his arms and shoulders as a part of his warm-up

16:27

REFEREE:  
Japan's Yuichi Nishimura is the man in the middle for today's match.

Nishimura to referee the Opening Match of Brazil 2014

Nishimura to referee the Opening Match of Brazil 2014

Japan’s Yuichi Nishimura has been assigned as the referee for the Opening Match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup between Brazil and Croatia on Thursday 12 June.

16:25

This is the fourth time that Brazil have played the World Cup Opening Match. In previous curtain-raisers Seleção notched two wins (4-0 over Mexico in 1950 and 2-1 against Scotland in 1998) and one draw (0-0 against Yugoslavia in 1974). 

16:23

STAT ATTACK:
No Host Country has ever lost an Opening Match. Will Croatia be able to buck that trend today? Brazil are also looking to avoid back-to-back World Cup defeats for the first time since 1970.

16:20

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16:20

It's a sea of yellow and green standing and cheering for A Seleção. A composed Neymar gives the crowd a wave in response.

16:19

Brazil are running out of the tunnel now to boisterous applause!

16:17

WHAT YOU'RE SAYING
We asked a question to our @FIFAWorldCup Twitter followers about how they think the Opening Match will play out. Here is what they had to say:

16:14

And now it's the Croatian goalkeepers' turn to enter the pitch.

16:12

Brazil's goalkeepers are on the pitch for their pre-match warm-ups.

16:10

BEM-VINDO
Welcome to the LIVE match blog for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Opening Match! We hope you're as excited as we are to kick-off in just under an hour's time. Stay here for the latest pictures, news, stats and much more as we bring you minute-by-minute coverage of Brazil's clash with Croatia from Sao Paulo.

16:03
Brazil
BrazilBRA
  • 12JULIO CESAR (GK)
  • 2DANI ALVES
  • 3T SILVA (C)
  • 4DAVID LUIZ
  • 6MARCELO
  • 7HULK
  • 8PAULINHO
  • 9FRED
  • 10NEYMAR JR
  • 11OSCAR
  • 17L GUSTAVO
Croatia
CroatiaCRO
  • 1PLETIKOSA (GK)
  • 2VRSALJKO
  • 4PERIŠIĆ
  • 5CORLUKA
  • 6LOVREN
  • 7RAKITIĆ
  • 9JELAVIĆ
  • 10MODRIĆ
  • 11SRNA (C)
  • 18OLIĆ
  • 20KOVAČIĆ
16:03

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