Neymar scores two goals, Brazil wins against Croatia 3-1
Soccer, Croatia, Brazil

Despite an own goal, Brazil opened the 2014 World Cup with a convincing win

6/13/14 in Soccer   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Jun 12, 2014; Sao Paulo, BRAZIL; Brazil forward Neymar (10) moves the ball in the second half against Croatia in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup at Arena Corinthians. Brazil defeated Croatia 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsThe game started on a bad note for Brazil, with defender Marcelo scoring an own goal early to put Croatia ahead 1-0. But the Brazilians stayed on the attack, and Neymar drove home two goals to eventually lead the home team to a 3-1 victory.

The match was marred by questionable officiating, with a horrible call resulting in a Neymar penalty kick that put the Brazilians ahead 2-1. Fortunately, a lot of the spotlight will be taken off that because Brazil scored another goal so it wouldn't have mattered too much anyway.

The Brazilians are one of the favorites to win the tournament, but they looked a bit shaky in the first half. They let Croatia hang around for a bit before slamming the door closed in the second half.

There's no doubt that they'll continue to mesh and come together as the tournament goes on, and they'll improve as a team. 

Play continues today, as Mexico takes on Cameroon at noon ET. Spain and Netherlands play at 3, and Chile and Australia will cap off the day with a game at 6.
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6/14/14   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

This should have been a 2-2 draw had the officials done their job correctly.