World Cup highlights: Brazil v Croatia

Brazil 3-1 Croatia
Published Friday, 13 June 2014
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World Cup hosts Brazil are flying high after golden boy Neymar spared his side from a surprise defeat at the hands of their opening night opponents Croatia.

World Cup highlights: Brazil v Croatia
Brazil star Neymar shone for the World Cup hosts. (© Getty)

The host nation held its breath just before kick-off when their star striker seemed to suffer an ankle twinge during the warm-up, but it was ultimately an own goal slip-up that could have cost them.

And there was to be plenty more drama on the pitch - including a hugely controversial penalty call.

"I think 2.5 billion people watching on TV saw this was not a penalty," Croatia's man in charge, Niko Kovac, declared after the game.

"This was ridiculous and if we continue in this way we will have a circus."

But Brazil's Luiz Felipe Scolari insists: "Millions didn't see the penalty? The referee did and he said it was a penalty and they are the ones that must decide.

"We also think it was a penalty. I have seen it 10 times and I think it is a penalty."


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