Brazil 3 Croatia 1
Brazil won its first game on home soil as expected even after falling to an own goal in the 11th minute. Dani Alves was caught out of position and Croatia took advantage where a cross was made in the box and Marcelo put the ball in his own net! This marked the first own goal for Brazil to ever concede in any competitive game.
In the 26th minute, Brazilian super star Neymar, got a yellow card and amazingly two minutes later, he got a swift pass from Oscar, rifles a shot from outside the box and scored his first goal in the World Cup.
Japanese referee, Yuichi Nishimura, made a controversial decision and awarded a dubious penalty to Brazil on the 69th minute. Neymar converted on the spot kick to make it 2-1 to the host team.
Nishimura awarded the penalty when Fred went down casually in the box. Dejan Lovren had placed his hand on Fred’s shoulder, but the contact did not appear aggressive enough to bring down the powerful striker.
In the 87th minute, the 22yr old ‘wonder boy’ gave way to Ramirez who stole the ball in the middle of the pack and three minutes later gave Oscar a pass.
With his speed, Oscar moved swifly past Croatia’s defenders to shoot outside the box giving Brazil its 3rd goal.
Final Score, Brazil 3 Croatia 1 as the samba boys keep their unbeaten record intact. The last time Brazil lost in home soil was in 1975 against Peru 3-1.
On the flipside, even though Brazil won in the opening match for the 2014 world Cup, the Selecao’s perfomance was not really impressive especially on their defense. Oscar was definitely the better player on the field and deserved the ‘Man of the Match’ accolade.