Brazil v Croatia, 12 June 2014

Score3-1 to Brazil
RefereeYuichi Nishamura
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals Group A
VenueArena Corinthians, São Paulo
Attendance62,103
Kick-off 5.00pm local (9.00pm BST) Man of the Match: Neymar (Brazil) Assistant referees: Toru Sagara (Japan) Toshiyuki Nagi (Japan) Fourth official: Alireza Faghani (Iran) Fifth official: Hassan Kamranifar (Iran) The opening game of the 2014 World Cup saw hosts Brazil play Croatia who were without Mario Mandzukic who was suspended following a red card against Iceland. Brazil began their World Cup campaign in disastrous fashion with an own goal by Marcelo. They had the better of the possession and showed a lot of flair, and managed to go ahead thanks to two goals from the impressive Neymar – the first thanks to a poor piece of goalkeeping and the second the result of a highly debatable penalty. Croatia managed to fashion a number of good chances but, in injury time, Oscar finished the game off with a goal on the break as Croatia threatened to equalize. The game was notable for a number of pioneering events:- 1. This was the first occasion in FIFA World Cup history on which an own goal (which was also the first ever own goal scored by Brazil in World Cup finals) opened scoring in the tournament. 2. As the first game played at this World Cup, the match also saw the first use of vanishing spray to mark free kick spots, and the advent of goal-line technology, two innovations introduced during the tournament.

3  Brazil

Manager: Luiz Felipe Scolari

1  Croatia

Manager: Niko Kovac

Goals:

Neymar 29 G
Neymar penalty 71 P
Oscar 90 G

Goals:

Marcelo own goal 11 OG

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Júlio César
Defender Dani Alves
Defender Luiz Gustavo
Defender Thiago Silva (captain)
Defender/Midfielder David Luiz
Defender/Midfielder Marcelo
Midfielder Oscar
Midfielder Paulinho
Forward Fred
Forward Hulk
Forward Neymar

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa
Defender Vedran Corluka
Defender Dejan Lovren
Defender/Midfielder Darijo Srna (captain)
Defender/Midfielder Šime Vrsaljko
Midfielder Mateo Kovačić
Midfielder Luka Modrić
Midfielder Ivan Rakitić
Midfielder/Forward Ivan Perišić
Forward Nikica Jelavic
Forward Ivica Olic

Substitutions:

Hernanes for Paulinho 63
Bernard for Hulk 68
Ramires for Neymar 88

Substitutions:

Marcelo Brozović for Mateo Kovačić 61
Ante Rebić for Nikica Jelavic 78

Cards:

Neymar 27 Y
Luiz Gustavo 88 Y

Cards:

Vedran Corluka 66 Y
Dejan Lovren 69 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Jefferson
Goalkeeper Victor
Defender Dante
Defender Henrique
Defender Maicon
Defender Maxwell
Defender/Midfielder Fernandinho
Midfielder Bernard
Midfielder Hernanes
Midfielder Ramires
Midfielder Willian
Forward Jo

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Danijel Subašić
Goalkeeper Oliver Zelenika
Defender Domagoj Vida
Midfielder Milan Badelj
Midfielder Marcelo Brozović
Midfielder Danijel Pranjic
Midfielder Sammir
Midfielder Ognjen Vukojevic
Forward Eduardo
Forward Ante Rebić