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World Cup Recap - Croatia vs. Brazil

June 13, 2014
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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."

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