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Brazil bounce back after early own goal

AP
Friday, June 13, 2014

Update: 10:09AM Brazil opened the 2014 World Cup with a come from behind 3-1 win over Croatia today with Neymar scoring twice for the hosts.

Neymar slotted a controversial penalty in the 71st minute to ensure three points for the home side after a nervy start. Chelsea's Oscar added a third for Brazil in the final minute.

Croatia stunned the Brazilian crowd when defender Marcelo found his own net while trying to clear a low cross by Ivica Olic inside the area in the 11th minute.

The ball got slightly redirected by striker Nikica Jelavic, and Marcelo ended up touching it backward into the goal.

But Neymar showed why he's the host nation's big star by clearing a defender near midfield before making a run toward the edge of the area and firing a low shot that hit the post before going in.

Brazil's Fred was fouled in the box with 20 minutes to play, but it looked to be a harsh call.

Oscar made it 3-1 in the 90th minute after Croatia went close to making it 2-2 at the other end of the field.

The tournament finally got underway as planned after months of talk about the preparation problems that plagued Brazil since it was picked as host seven years ago.


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