Sao Paolo, Brazil (4E Sports) – Neymar scored two goals, including a highly debatable penalty, to lead Brazil past Croatia, 3-2 Thursday at Arena Corinthans in the opening day of the World Cup.
Croatia took the inital lead after Ivika Olic cut a low cross that was prodded along the line by Brazil’s Marcelo that led to the first own-goal in Brazil’s history.
Neymar advanced through the centre and shot made a well-placed shot that crept past Plestikosa in the 29th minute to tie the score.
Brazil was awarded a controversial penalty in the 69th minute after Fred went down while backing into Dejan Lovren.
Neymar used a right-footed shot in the penaty that Pletikosa couldn’t keep out to give Brazil a 2-1 lead.
Then as the Croatia poured forward, Oscar escaped on the counter and smashed the ball underneath Plestikosa to make it 3-1.