World Cup Recap - Croatia vs. Brazil
June 13, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Final Score: Brazil 3, Croatia 1
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SportsNetwork.com) - It was not pretty, but Brazil managed to open the 2014 World Cup with three points as the host nation edged Croatia, 3-1, at the Arena Corinthians on Thursday.
Croatia took a shock lead early on thanks to Marcelo's own goal, but Neymar bagged a brace before Oscar tacked on a stoppage-time goal to see Brazil stave off some late pressure from the European side and take an early lead in Group A.
"It was better than I thought," Neymar said after the match. "I was hoping that we'd win, but to be able to debut in a World Cup with a brace is an unmeasurable joy."