Thursday, June 12, 2014
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BrazilBRA
3
 
1
CroatiaCRO
 0-1Marcelo (og) 11'
Neymar  29' 1-1 
Neymar (p) 71' 2-1 
Oscar  90' 3-1 
BRAMarcelo (og) 11' 0-1
BRANeymar  29' 1-1
BRANeymar (p) 71' 2-1
BRAOscar  90' 3-1
HT: 1-1
Arena de Sao Paulo (Attendance: 62,103)
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura
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Brazil vs. Croatia
Minute Commentary
90' BRAZIL 3-1 CROATIA
There was a huge build-up to this opening match of the competition, and thankfully the game matched the hype, as we saw four goals in a great opening fixture in Sao Paolo. In the end the scorline perhaps looks a little more comfortable than it actually was, but Brazil probably just about deserved their victory. It didn't start well for the men in yellow though, as Ivica Olic's cross was diverted onto the ankle of Marcelo by Nikica Jelavic, with the left-back watching helplessly as the ball trickled into Julio Cesar's net. The Selecao responded emphatically though, and Neymar was the man to the rescue, as, after playing a neat one-two with Oscar, he took on Ivan Perisic and guided a scuffed shot into the far corner of Pletikosa's net off the post. The Croats survived until half time, and managed to keep the Brazilians quiet for the first 30 minutes of the second period, until Fred bought his side a very soft penalty after he went down under almost no contact whatsoever from Dejan Lovren. Neymar nervously stepped up, and his spot kick was tipped into the corner by Pletikosa when it looked as though he had saved it at first. For the next ten minutes Luiz Felipe Scolari's men looked comfortable with their lead, but the last five minutes of normal time were nervy for the home fans, as Modric, Perisic and Olic all went close for Niko Kovac's side. However, Oscar, who was the best player on the pitch tonight, eased the nerves in Sao Paolo as he countered for Brazil and toe-poked the ball beyond a static Pletikosa to make the three points a certainty, and send his team top of Group A on the first night of the competition. Overall this was a good match to kick off the World Cup - here's hoping there is much more like this in store in the next 30 days.
90' BRAZIL WIN WORLD CUP OPENER
The first match in Group A is done and dusted, and Brazil have come from behind to claim a 3-1 win over a dogged Croatia outfit.
90' BRAZIL 3-1 CROATIA
As Croatia commit numbers forward looking for the equaliser, Oscar takes advantage of the space on the break as the ball falls to him. He runs at Vedran Corluka, and catches Stipe Pletikosa completely unawares with a sudden toe-poke from 20 yards that finds the bottom corner. If anyone has deserved a goal tonight, it has been Oscar, and now's he's got one. The celebrations can start in earnest now in Brazil.
90' GOOOAAALLL!!!
Oscar settles the game for Brazil with a well taken goal! Luiz Felipe Scolari's men have started their campaign with a victory barring a huge miracle now.
90' NERVY MOMENTS
The hosts are looking very nervous as we tick into four minutes of additional time. Perisic powers in a shot that is unconvincingly saved by Cesar, before Luiz blocks Olic's follow up from a promising position. Something tells me the home fans won't be too nervous anymore, though.....
88' NEYMAR DEPARTS
The man whose name is on everyone's lips leaves the field, as Neymar is replaced by Chelsea midfielder Ramires - all in all it's been a good night's work for Brazil's star player. Luiz Felipe Scolari is looking to shore things up in the middle of the park and hang onto what they've got, as opposed to adding to it by the looks of things.
86' CROATIA FINISHING STRONG
The men in red and white are coming on really strong as we enter the last five minutes in Sao Paolo. Luka Modric releases a fierce shot that is beaten away at his near post by Julio Cesar, and the home crowd are starting to get a little anxious. Can Croatia take advantage of the nerves that are hindering their opponents as the finishing line approaches?
84' OFF THE LINE FROM LUIZ
Just as I say that, the Croats give the home fans a major scare. A deep cross is met by Ivica Olic ahead of the flapping Julio Cesar, and Ivan Perisic looks primed to tap into an empty net, but David Luiz does excellently to block the ball before it crosses the line. The whistle had blown for a non-existent foul on Cesar anyway, but that was a warning shot regardless for the Selecao.
82' REBIC ENTERS THE FRAY
Nikica Jelavic has run his race for Croatia, and he is replaced by Ante Rebic as Niko Kovac's team look to plot a way back into this match. It very much looks as though the hosts will secure a win in the first game of the competition, however.
80' TEN MINUTES LEFT
There are ten minutes plus stoppage time left in Sao Paolo, where Brazil are looking to add to their lead and make the points safe. You have to feel a bit for Croatia though, who have been undone by a Neymar brace. Two goals in the first game - will he end up being the tournament's star player?
78' SHOULD HAVE BEEN THREE
Just after Marcelo Brozovic delivers a brilliant volleyed cross from the right that is cleared by Luiz, Brazil break up the other end, and the defender gets on the end of a cross from Oscar on the full stretch. His header goes over the bar, and had he left it for Neymar, who was standing behind him in a better position, that surely would have been game over.
75' AN UNDESERVED LEAD?
Luiz Felipe Scolari's men were definitely the better team in the first 45 minutes, but it has been a more even contest in this half. Croatia have imposed themselves well since the restart, and don't deserve to be behind in my eyes, especially given the soft nature of the penalty. Time seemed to stand still as Neymar's spot kick was parried by Pletikosa, but there was soon jubilation in Sao Paolo as it nestled in the corner.
72' BRAZIL 2-1 CROATIA
Oscar, who has been at the heart of everything good about Brazil this evening, put in a cross that Fred controlled nicely, but the big striker went down far too easily under minimal contact from Lovren, who picked up a yellow card for his troubles. Neymar took his time before stuttering towards the ball, and his sidefooted effort was tipped into the far corner by Pletikosa. Like his first goal, it's not the best connection he's ever made with a football, but it found the back of the net.
71' GOOOAAALLL!!!
Neymar puts the penalty away in unconvincing fashion, and Brazil have the lead! Croatia will feel very aggrieved at that, but the home fans don't seem to care one little bit.
70' PENALTY FOR BRAZIL
Brazil have a spot kick as Fred goes down under the attentions of Lovren in the Croatia area. That looks very harsh to me, but my opinion matters not. Neymar will step up to take it.....
69' BERNARD ON
Hulk, who has been almost anonymous tonight, is taken off by Scolari, and Bernard is on in his place. Meanwhile, we have a penalty in Sao Paolo.....
67' RIFLED OVER
Vedran Corluka picks up a yellow card as he puts in a crunching late challenge on Neymar as the Brazil forward burst into space. Dani Alves eyes up the free-kick and hits it well enough, but the ball was always floating a couple of inches over the bar, and Stipe Pletikosa was never going to be worried by that.
65' SCRAPPY AFFAIR
The game has entered a little bit of a lull in the last few minutes, as neither side have had any chances of note, and it has mostly been a midfield battle since the half began. A goal could soon change all that, though.
64' BRAZIL SUB
Luiz Felipe Scolari responds to that Croatia substitution by making a change of his own - Paulinho is taken off, with Hernanes coming on for Brazil.
62' CROATIA CHANGE
Niko Kovac decides to shuffle his pack with just under half an hour left on the clock in Sao Paolo. Mateo Kovacic is the man to be withdrawn, with Marcelo Brozovic coming on in his place.
60' OLIC FEELING AGGRIEVED
Replays show that a couple of moments ago David Luiz unintentionally tripped Ivica Olic as the winger looked to pounce on an underhit backpass towards Julio Cesar. The ref gave nothing, and Olic has cut a forlorn figure ever since.
58' PASS GOES ASTRAY
Croatia are closing Brazil down well, but Oscar breaks beyond the lines with a combination of skill and strength. The ball then falls for Neymar, who has Paulinho in all sorts of room on the right. Unfortunately for the Selecao, Neymar's pass is overhit, and the ball goes out for a throw-in. That was a let off for Croatia.
56' TAKING THE STING OUT OF THE GAME
Croatia are doing a very good job of quelling the momentum that was being built up by the hosts, as they are passing the ball around nicely in the middle of the park and frustrating their opponents. With the likes of Rakitic and Modric in the centre of the field, keeping hold of the ball should be no problem for the Croats.
54' WHO'S THAT NUMBER 10?
In case any of you were wondering who that clean shaven, tidy looking number ten is in the middle of the pitch for Croatia, it is Luka Modric. The Madrid midfielder, who previously looked as though going into a barbers gave him an allergic reaction, has cut off his locks and now looks like he is about to do his GCSE's.
52' CLEARED AWAY
It is a poor delivery and Croatia can clear their lines. If the first seven minutes of this half are anything to go by, Niko Kovac's men will be having to do a lot of that in the next 40 minutes or so.
51' OSCAR PERFORMING
Oscar again shows some great skills down the left-hand side, as he somehow evades the attentions of both Ivan Rakitic and Sime Vrsaljko with some gorgeous tricks. In the end he is hauled down and earns a free-kick. What can the Brazilians do from this?
48' DANGEROUS CROSS
Oscar, who has been lively this evening, drills a dangerous volleyed cross into the area, with Fred and Hulk waiting to pounce, but Vedran Corluka hacks the ball away. The hosts have started this half as they ended the last.
46' BACK UNDERWAY
Brazil get us back in action in Sao Paolo, with the first match in Group A nicely poised ahead of these 45 minutes.
45' BRAZIL 1-1 CROATIA
They say that opening games of big tournaments are usually tight, tense and unspectacular affairs. Thankfully, this match has been an exception to the rule, as both sides have shown attacking intent, and plenty of quality going forward. Croatia started very brightly, and it wasn't too long before they were celebrating wildly as the impressive Ivica Olic's cross from the left was unfortunately diverted into the Brazil net by Marcelo after Nikica Jelavic had fluffed his shot. The hosts responded in a manner befitting of champions though, and really upped the intensity, with Paulinho, Neymar and Oscar all having chances to level matters up. Just after a nasty elbow to the face of Modric which could have seen him sent off, although it would have been harsh, Neymar introduced himself to the competition by taking on Perisic and guiding a not-so-well-hit shot in off the far post from the edge of the area. That goal seemed to release the shackles off a nervy looking Selecao side, and for the last 15 minutes of the first period, it was wave after wave of yellow attacks. Niko Kovac's men held on to half time well though, and if they can preserve this scoreline for 45 more minutes, you sense the Croats will be very happy with their night's work. Luiz Felipe Scolari will simply be urging his team to maintain the form they were showing towards the end of the first 45 minutes, and with a vociferous home crowd behind them, it would take a brave man to bet against them bagging another goal or two. Join us right here for commentary of the second half - if it's anything like the first, we're in for a treat.
45' EVEN STEVENS AT THE BREAK
The half time whistle sounds, and the opening game of the 2014 World Cup is fascinatingly poised at Brazil 1-1 Croatia at the interval.
45' TWO ADDITIONAL MINUTES
There will be two minutes of injury time at the end of this first half, as Dejan Lovren stops Neymar in his tracks with a fine tackle inside the Croatia box.
44' WRONG CALL
Luka Modric is dispossessed in the centre of the field, and Neymar can start the counter. He plays the ball in-field to Marcelo, who quickly releases Oscar into space down the left. However, the linesman's flag wrongly stops the breakaway, and the home fans make their frustration known. That looked very promising for Luiz Felipe Scolari's men.
41' WONDERFUL FEET
Neymar is really imposing himself on this game now, and he shows quick feet to glide away from Rakitic on the edge of the Crotia area. Rakitic hacks him down, and Neymar's eventual free-kick cannons off the wall. It's all Brazil at the moment.
40' NASTY TACKLE
Marcelo gets to a high ball just before Kovacic, and the Croatia man leaves a sly little boot in on the Real Madrid man. No yellow card brandished from the referee, and Kovacic can count himself a tad fortunate there.
37' AT SIXES AND SEVENS
After new Barcelona signing Ivan Rakitic does well to track back and stop Hulk in his tracks, Olic undoes his teammate's fine work by clumsily giving the ball away. Oscar now has space to operate in, but his cross towards Hulk is booted away by Sime Vrsaljko. Croatia need to get to half time here.
34' HALF CHANCE BEFORE THE GOAL
Minutes before the leveller, Nikica Jelavic had a presentable opportunity to put his team two goals to the good as he met a deep cross from that man Olic. The angle was tight though, and Julio Cesar was always behind the forward's effort. At the moment however, it is all looking a little bit ominous for Croatia.
32' NEYMAR TO THE RESCUE
With half time just a quarter of an hour away, Brazil resorted to the plan recently set out by their own striker Fred - if all else fails, give the ball to Neymar. That is exactly what the home side did, and it paid dividends. This has been a cracking half an hour of football - I don't want half time to come!
30' BRAZIL 1-1 CROATIA
The Croatians may feel as though he should be off (he shouldn't in my eyes), and he is the man who has levelled things up in Sao Paolo. Neymar plays a clever one-two on the edge of the Croatia box, takes on Ivan Perisic and scuffs a low shot in off the far post. The sigh of relief around Brazil is audible from all over the world - can they now maintain this momentum?
28' GOOOAAALLL!!!
It had to be him didn't it? Neymar restores parity for Brazil, and those in the stadium in Sao Paolo go wild!
27' NEYMAR IN THE BOOK
That's a little bit silly and a little bit petulant from Neymar, as Brazil's poster boy leaves an elbow in on Luka Modric in an aerial challenge and receives a caution. The Croatia players are calling for a red card, but the referee does well to keep the peace.
23' PENALTY BOX MELEE
The hosts are really turning it on at the moment, and they come close to equalising as Neymar goes on a weaving dribble down towards the byline, but his cross is beaten away by Pletikosa. Oscar spots that the Croatia stopper has vacated a large portion of his goal, and tries to find the far corner with a curling shot, but he doesn't get enough power on his attempt and Niko Kovac's side can breathe again.
21' UPPING THE ANTE
Paulinho decides to take matters into his own hands as he goes on a surging run, but his eventual shot is batted away by Pletikosa. Soon after Marcelo's cross after a strong run deflects into the Croat keeper's grateful hands. The Selecao are asking some serious questions now.
20' GOOD RESPONSE
Ever since Marcelo watched in agony as he scored the own goal that put Croatia ahead, the men in yellow have been firmly in the ascendancy in this match. A lot of corners and crosses have been put into the mixer, but Lovren and Corluka are dealing with everything comfortably enough at present.
18' POOR CROSS FROM ALVES
Thiago Silva spots Dani Alves haring down the right flank, and his raking ball is taken down brilliantly by the Barca full-back. Unfortunately he cannot find a cross to meet the control and Pletikosa catches the ball before starting another Croat attack.
15' TEASING DELIVERY
The home nation respond well, as Oscar whips in a delicious cross from a deep position. The two Croatian centre halves are beaten, but neither Fred nor Neymar can get on the end of it despite their best efforts. Overall, I think it's fair to say this has been a decent first 15 minutes.
12' BRAZIL 0-1 CROATIA
I think that's what those in the know call a spanner in the works. Croatia have started this game very brightly and they fortuitously get their reward. Ivica Olic is again at the heart of it, delivering a fine cross from the left wing that finds Jelavic in and around the penalty spot. The Hull forward completely mishits his effort, but Marcelo inadvertantly pokes the ball into his own net with Julio Cesar stranded on the ground. The pressure for the Brazilians intensifies.
10' GOOOAAALLL!!!
The script has been torn up inside ten minutes in Sao Paolo! An own goal from Marcelo puts Croatia ahead!
7' COULD HAVE DONE BETTER
Croatia continue to express themselves in these early stages, and force a decent opportunity when Ivan Perisic sprints down the right. His deep cross is a perfect height for Olic to attack, but having got ahead of Dani Alves, he powers his header wide of the post. Niko Kovac's men aren't just here to make up the numbers by the looks of things.
6' FIRST SHOT ON TARGET
We have our first half chance of the match here as an outswinging free-kick from wide sees Thiago Silva knock the ball across the six-yard box for Luiz. The former Chelsea man gets up well, but he is put off by the attentions of Dejan Lovren, and his tame header is easily collected by Stipe Pletikosa.
3' OLIC ON THE RUN
Ivica Olic latches onto a poor pass from Oscar and after digging into his bag of tricks, he is away down the left-hand side. He tries to find Nikica Jelavic, who had made a late surge into the box, but David Luiz calmly clears up the danger. Croatia are looking to unsettle what must be a nervous Brazil side early doors here.
2' BRIGHT START
Mateo Kovacic looks to get his side's tournament started with a bang, but after cutting inside from the left nicely he fires a low effort past Julio Cesar's near post. A confident start from the men in red and white.
1' WORLD CUP KICKS OFF
Croatia get the 2014 World Cup started, kicking from right to left. The 31-day football festival starts right here folks - sit back and enjoy.
0' FULL TEAMS
The opening ceremony is done and dusted, and Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull have got their, let's say interesting, performance out of the way. Now it's time to reveal the teams. Brazil: Julio Cesar, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Luiz, Marcelo, Paulinho, Gustavo, Hulk, Oscar, Neymar, Fred. Subs: Jefferson, Fernandinho, Dante, Mawell, Henrique, Ramires, Hernanes, Willian, Bernard, Jo, Maicon, Victor. Croatia: Pletikosa, Srna, Corluka, Lovren, Vrsaljko, Modric, Rakitic, Perisic, Kovacic, Olic, Jelavic. Subs: Zelenika, Pranjic, Vukojevic, Schildenfeld, Brozovic, Rebic, Sammir, Vida, Eduardo, Subasic.
0' EARLY TEAM NEWS
Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has a fully fit squad at his disposal, and he will be able to select his strongest line-up for the opening match of the tournament. He is likely to stick to his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation, with the big question being whether he starts with the out-of-form Oscar, or another Chelsea player, Willian, with the latter impressing in training. Meanwhile, Croatia will be without star striker Mario Mandzukic, as the Bayern Munich forward is suspended following his red card in the play-off victory against Iceland. Nikica Jelavic and Eduardo will be looking to capitalise up top while Sime Vrsaljko is likely to play at left-back in place of the injured Danijel Pranjic.
0' REF WATCH
Our man in the middle for the first game of the 2014 World Cup will be Japan's Yuichi Nishimura. Nishimura is one of five referees who have been retained from the 2010 competition in South Africa, where he took charge of four matches. Brazil fans will have unhappy memories of the 42-year-old as the last time he officiated a match involving their team was when the Netherlands knocked the Selecao out of the World Cup four years ago, with Felipe Melo receiving a red card for stamping on Arjen Robben. Nishimura will tonight be assisted by Toru Sagara and Toshiyuki Nagi, while Iran's Alireza Faghani will be our fourth official in Sao Paolo.
0' CAN CANNY CROATIA CAUSE A SHOCK?
As Croatia go into this match as the firm underdogs hoping to create some unwanted headlines in the Brazilian media, the omens are mixed for them. On a positive note, they are unbeaten ever since new boss Niko Kovac took over in October, winning three and drawing two of their last five matches. However, their recent World Cup history shows that Kovac's side have gone four matches in the tournament without a victory. You get the sense the Croats would be content with a point tonight, and having qualified for this tournament behind Belgium, while beating Serbia, Scotland, Wales and Macedonia to the punch, they should feel confident going into this clash. If Croatia were to grab all three points this evening, that would certainly send a serious message of intent to the other contenders in Group A.
0' A NATION EXPECTS
The anticipation is off the charts and so are the expectations in Brazil as the home nation begin their quest for a sixth World Cup crown this evening against Croatia. Can they handle the pressure, or will they succumb with the eyes of the world focused on them? These questions are yet to be answered, but so far Luiz Felipe Scolari's men have given their fans plenty to be happy about, with friendly victories against Panama and Serbia respectively. They may not be forces to be reckoned with in international football, but a record of five goals scored and none conceded will make happy reading for the Selecao supporters. Aside from a brief injury scare for star man Neymar in training, Brazil have also had no fitness worries and have 23 players raring to go for the big kick off. The preparation has been perfect, but only time will tell if they can deliver when it really matters.
0' THE COUNTDOWN ENDS HERE
Snacks and beverages sorted? Check. Television remote reserved for the next month? Check. Sofa cushions plumped for ultimate comfort? Check. With all that sorted there is only one thing left to do – sit back, put your feet up and immerse yourself in everything football for the next 31 days. That's right, the waiting is finally over, and the greatest sporting show on Earth is upon us as the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Sao Paolo in just a few hours. Our focus this evening shall lie with Brazil and Croatia as the former look to get their hunt for a sixth trophy off to a flyer while the latter look to shock the football world by spoiling the early optimism that has been generated by the home fans. How will the first match in Group A pan out? I will be covering every kick of this clash for you, so stick around for live text commentary at 21:00 – you really wouldn't want to be doing anything else.
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Brazil
(4-2-3-1)
Júlio César12
Dani Alves2
Thiago Silva3
David Luiz4
11' Marcelo6
63' Paulinho8
88' Luiz Gustavo17
68' Hulk7
90' Oscar11
27' 88' 29' 71' Neymar10
Fred9
Substitutes
Victor22
Jefferson1
Maxwell14
Maicon23
Dante13
Henrique15
88' Ramires16
63' Hernanes18
Fernandinho5
Willian19
68' Bernard20
Jo21
Croatia
(4-2-3-1)
1Stipe Pletikosa
11Darijo Srna
5Vedran Corluka 66'
6Dejan Lovren 69'
2Šime Vrsaljko
10Luka Modric
7Ivan Rakitic
4Ivan Perisic
20Mateo Kovacic 61'
18Ivica Olic
9Nikica Jelavic 78'
Substitutes
23Danijel Subašić
12Oliver Zelenika
3Danijel Pranjic
13Gordon Schildenfeld
21Domagoj Vida
14Marcelo Brozovic 61'
19Sammir
8Ognjen Vukojevic
16Ante Rebic 78'
22Eduardo
Manager
Luiz Felipe Scolari 
Manager
Niko Kovac 
Brazil
(4-2-3-1)
12Júlio César
2 Dani Alves
3 Thiago Silva
4 David Luiz
6 Marcelo
Goal 11' (Own Goal)
8 Paulinho
Substitution Hernanes (on) 63'
17 Luiz Gustavo
Yellow Card 88'
7 Hulk
Substitution Bernard (on) 68'
11 Oscar
Goal 90'
10 Neymar
Yellow Card 27'
Substitution Ramires (on) 88'
Goal 29'
Goal 71'
9 Fred
Substitutes
22 Victor
1 Jefferson
14 Maxwell
23 Maicon
13 Dante
15 Henrique
16 Ramires
Substitution Ramires (on) 88'
18 Hernanes
Substitution Hernanes (on) 63'
5 Fernandinho
19 Willian
20 Bernard
Substitution Bernard (on) 68'
21 Jo
Manager
Luiz Felipe Scolari 
Croatia
(4-2-3-1)
1Stipe Pletikosa
11Darijo Srna
5Vedran Corluka
Yellow Card 66'
6Dejan Lovren
Yellow Card 69'
2Sime Vrsaljko
10Luka Modric
7Ivan Rakitic
4Ivan Perisic
20Mateo Kovacic
Substitution Marcelo Brozovic (on) 61'
18Ivica Olic
9Nikica Jelavic
Substitution Ante Rebic (on) 78'
Substitutes
23Danijel Subasic
12Oliver Zelenika
3Danijel Pranjic
13Gordon Schildenfeld
21Domagoj Vida
14Marcelo Brozovic
Substitution Mateo Kovacic (off) 61'
19 Sammir
8Ognjen Vukojevic
16Ante Rebic
Substitution Nikica Jelavic (off) 78'
22 Eduardo
Manager
Niko Kovac 
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Team Stats
BrazilBRA CroatiaCRO
3 Goals 1
2 Assists 0
14 Shots 10
9 Shots on Goal 4
4 Saves 6
1 Penalties Scored 0
1 Penalty Kicks 0
20 Crosses 14
7 Corner Kicks 3
1 Offside 0
5 Fouls Committed 21
2 Cautions/Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
58% Ball Possession 42%
Brazil
No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
12Júlio César 90 - 0 0 1 3
2Dani Alves 90 0 0 0 - -
3Thiago Silva 90 0 0 0 - -
4David Luiz 90 0 0 0 - -
6Marcelo 90 0 0 0 - -
7Hulk 68 0 0 0 - -
8Paulinho 63 0 0 0 - -
9Fred 90 0 0 0 - -
10Neymar 88 2 1 0 - -
11Oscar 90 1 0 0 - -
17Luiz Gustavo 90 0 1 0 - -
Substitutes
16Ramires 2 0 0 0 - -
18Hernanes 27 0 0 0 - -
20Bernard 22 0 0 0 - -

Croatia
No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1Stipe Pletikosa 90 - 0 0 3 3
2Šime Vrsaljko 90 0 0 0 - -
4Ivan Perisic 90 0 0 0 - -
5Vedran Corluka 90 0 1 0 - -
6Dejan Lovren 90 0 1 0 - -
7Ivan Rakitic 90 0 0 0 - -
9Nikica Jelavic 78 0 0 0 - -
10Luka Modric 90 0 0 0 - -
11Darijo Srna 90 0 0 0 - -
18Ivica Olic 90 0 0 0 - -
20Mateo Kovacic 61 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
14Marcelo Brozovic 29 0 0 0 - -
16Ante Rebic 12 0 0 0 - -
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BrazilBRA vs. CroatiaCRO
Minute Event
90' Game Over  Brazil 3-1 Croatia
90' Half Over  Brazil 3-1 Croatia
90' Goal Kick  Júlio César (Brazil)
90' Shot  Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia)
90' Throw-In  Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia)
90' Goal  Oscar (Brazil)
90' Shot on Goal  Oscar (Brazil)
90' Shot on Goal  Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia)
90' Shot on Goal  Ivan Perisic (Croatia)
90' Throw-In  Darijo Srna (Croatia)
89' Goal Kick  Júlio César (Brazil)
89' Shot  Vedran Corluka (Croatia)
89' Cross  Luka Modric (Croatia) - Off Target
88' Substitution  Ramires (on). Neymar (off). (Brazil)
88' Yellow Card  Luiz Gustavo (Brazil)
87' Foul  Modric fouled by Luiz Gustavo (Brazil)
86' Foul  Luiz Gustavo fouled by Ante Rebic (Croatia)
86' Throw-In  Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia)
86' Shot on Goal  Luka Modric (Croatia)
86' Throw-In  Ivan Rakitic (Croatia)
85' Foul  Hernanes fouled by Dejan Lovren (Croatia)
85' Corner Kick  Ivan Rakitic (Croatia)
83' Foul  Júlio César fouled by Ivica Olic (Croatia)
83' Cross  Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia) - Foul
81' Throw-In  Dani Alves (Brazil)
81' Throw-In  Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia)
80' Throw-In  Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia)
80' Corner Kick  Bernard (Brazil) - Headed Out - In Play
78' Cross  Ivan Perisic (Croatia) - Defended by Keeper
78' Throw-In  Marcelo (Brazil)
78' Substitution  Ante Rebic (on). Jelavic (off). (Croatia)
77' Goal Kick  Stipe Pletikosa (Croatia)
77' Shot  David Luiz (Brazil)
77' Cross  Oscar (Brazil) - Off Target
76' Corner Kick  Neymar (Brazil)
76' Cross  Hernanes (Brazil) - Deflected - Out of Play
75' Foul  Vrsaljko fouled by Oscar (Brazil)
75' Throw-In  Dani Alves (Brazil)
74' Goal Kick  Stipe Pletikosa (Croatia)
73' Goal Kick  Júlio César (Brazil)
73' Shot  Dejan Lovren (Croatia)
73' Corner Kick  Ivan Rakitic (Croatia) - Off Target
72' Cross  Ivan Perisic (Croatia) - Clearance Out of Play
71' Penalty Goal  Neymar (Brazil)
71' Shot on Goal  Neymar (Brazil)
71' Free Kick  Neymar (Brazil)
69' Yellow Card  Dejan Lovren (Croatia)
69' Foul  Fred fouled by Dejan Lovren (Croatia)
69' Cross  Oscar (Brazil) - Completed Pass
69' Foul  Dani Alves fouled by Ivica Olic (Croatia)
69' Throw-In  Dani Alves (Brazil)
69' Throw-In  Dani Alves (Brazil)
68' Substitution  Bernard (on). Hulk (off). (Brazil)
68' Cross  Oscar (Brazil) - Deflected - Out of Play
68' Throw-In  Hulk (Brazil)
67' Goal Kick  Stipe Pletikosa (Croatia)
67' Shot  Dani Alves (Brazil)
67' Free Kick  Dani Alves (Brazil)
66' Yellow Card  Vedran Corluka (Croatia)
65' Foul  Neymar fouled by Vedran Corluka (Croatia)
64' Foul  Marcelo fouled by Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia)
64' Goal Kick  Stipe Pletikosa (Croatia)
63' Foul  Thiago Silva fouled by Nikica Jelavic (Croatia)
63' Cross  Darijo Srna (Croatia) - Foul
63' Free Kick  Darijo Srna (Croatia)
63' Substitution  Hernanes (on). Paulinho (off). (Brazil)
63' Foul  Srna fouled by Luiz Gustavo (Brazil)
62' Throw-In  Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia)
62' Throw-In  Dani Alves (Brazil)
61' Throw-In  Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia)
61' Substitution  Marcelo Brozovic (on). Kovacic (off). (Croatia)
60' Throw-In  Marcelo (Brazil)
60' Throw-In  Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia)
60' Throw-In  Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia)
59' Cross  Ivica Olic (Croatia) - Clearance Out of Play
59' Foul  Marcelo fouled by Darijo Srna (Croatia)
59' Throw-In  Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia)
58' Foul  Marcelo fouled by Ivan Perisic (Croatia)
57' Throw-In  Marcelo (Brazil)
56' Cross  Dani Alves (Brazil) - Defended by Keeper
56' Goal Kick  Júlio César (Brazil)
56' Shot  Ivan Perisic (Croatia)
55' Throw-In  Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia)
55' Throw-In  Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia)
55' Cross  Ivica Olic (Croatia) - Clearance Out of Play
54' Foul  Oscar fouled by Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia)
54' Throw-In  Dani Alves (Brazil)
52' Foul  Ivica Olic (Croatia)
52' Foul  Lovren fouled by Paulinho (Brazil)
52' Cross  Neymar (Brazil) - Headed Out - In Play
52' Free Kick  Neymar (Brazil)
51' Foul  Oscar fouled by Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia)
50' Throw-In  Dani Alves (Brazil)
50' Throw-In  Dani Alves (Brazil)
50' Throw-In  Dani Alves (Brazil)
50' Cross  Dani Alves (Brazil) - Headed Out - In Play
48' Cross  Oscar (Brazil) - Clearance In Play
48' Throw-In  Dani Alves (Brazil)
48' Goal Kick  Júlio César (Brazil)
47' Throw-In  Darijo Srna (Croatia)
46' Start Half 
45' Half Over  Brazil 1-1 Croatia
45' Throw-In  Darijo Srna (Croatia)
45' Foul  Luiz Gustavo fouled by Nikica Jelavic (Croatia)
45' Throw-In  Marcelo (Brazil)
45' Goal Kick  Stipe Pletikosa (Croatia)
45' Shot  Hulk (Brazil)
45' Throw-In  Dani Alves (Brazil)
45' Throw-In  Dani Alves (Brazil)
45' Throw-In  Dani Alves (Brazil)
44' Foul  Fred fouled by Dejan Lovren (Croatia)
44' Offside  Oscar (Brazil)
43' Throw-In  Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia)
43' Throw-In  Dani Alves (Brazil)
42' Corner Kick  Neymar (Brazil)
42' Shot on Goal  Neymar (Brazil)
42' Free Kick  Neymar (Brazil)
41' Foul  Neymar fouled by Ivan Rakitic (Croatia)
41' Shot on Goal  Dani Alves (Brazil)
40' Cross  David Luiz (Brazil) - Clearance In Play
40' Foul  Marcelo fouled by Darijo Srna (Croatia)
39' Throw-In  Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia)
39' Throw-In  Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia)
38' Throw-In  Darijo Srna (Croatia)
38' Throw-In  Darijo Srna (Croatia)
37' Throw-In  Marcelo (Brazil)
37' Cross  Oscar (Brazil) - Clearance Out of Play
36' Throw-In  Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia)
36' Throw-In  Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia)
35' Throw-In  Marcelo (Brazil)
35' Corner Kick  Ivan Rakitic (Croatia) - Headed Out - In Play
33' Corner Kick  Neymar (Brazil) - Defended by Keeper
32' Throw-In  Dani Alves (Brazil)
31' Throw-In  Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia)
31' Throw-In  Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia)
29' Goal  Neymar (Brazil)
29' Shot on Goal  Neymar (Brazil)
29' Shot on Goal  Nikica Jelavic (Croatia)
29' Cross  Ivan Perisic (Croatia) - On Target
28' Throw-In  Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia)
28' Cross  Darijo Srna (Croatia) - Headed Out - Out of Play
27' Yellow Card  Neymar (Brazil)
27' Foul  Modric fouled by Neymar (Brazil)
26' Throw-In  Darijo Srna (Croatia)
26' Throw-In  Darijo Srna (Croatia)
26' Goal Kick  Stipe Pletikosa (Croatia)
24' Foul  Luiz Gustavo fouled by Ivan Perisic (Croatia)
24' Goal Kick  Stipe Pletikosa (Croatia)
23' Cross  Nikica Jelavic (Croatia) - Defended by Keeper
22' Shot  Hulk (Brazil)
22' Shot on Goal  Oscar (Brazil)
21' Cross  Marcelo (Brazil) - Clearance In Play
21' Throw-In  Marcelo (Brazil)
21' Cross  Dani Alves (Brazil) - Clearance Out of Play
21' Throw-In  Oscar (Brazil)
21' Shot on Goal  Paulinho (Brazil)
20' Cross  Hulk (Brazil) - Defended by Keeper
20' Corner Kick  Neymar (Brazil)
20' Cross  Oscar (Brazil) - Deflected - Out of Play
19' Throw-In  Marcelo (Brazil)
19' Cross  Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia) - Directly Out
18' Cross  Dani Alves (Brazil) - Defended by Keeper
18' Cross  Fred (Brazil) - Headed Out - In Play
17' Throw-In  Darijo Srna (Croatia)
16' Corner Kick  Neymar (Brazil) - Headed Out - In Play
16' Shot on Goal  Neymar (Brazil)
15' Goal Kick  Stipe Pletikosa (Croatia)
15' Cross  Oscar (Brazil) - Directly Out
14' Throw-In  Marcelo (Brazil)
14' Throw-In  Marcelo (Brazil)
13' Cross  Oscar (Brazil) - Defended by Keeper
11' Own Goal  Marcelo (Croatia)
11' Cross  Ivica Olic (Croatia) - Completed Pass
10' Throw-In  Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia)
10' Corner Kick  Neymar (Brazil) - Headed Out - In Play
9' Shot  Paulinho (Brazil)
9' Foul  Luiz Gustavo fouled by Ivan Rakitic (Croatia)
8' Foul  Marcelo fouled by Ivan Perisic (Croatia)
8' Goal Kick  Júlio César (Brazil)
7' Shot  Ivica Olic (Croatia)
7' Cross  Ivan Perisic (Croatia) - Off Target
6' Shot on Goal  David Luiz (Brazil)
6' Cross  Marcelo (Brazil) - Completed Pass
6' Free Kick  Marcelo (Brazil)
5' Foul  Hulk fouled by Vedran Corluka (Croatia)
4' Throw-In  Darijo Srna (Croatia)
3' Cross  Ivica Olic (Croatia) - Clearance In Play
2' Throw-In  Dani Alves (Brazil)
2' Cross  Dani Alves (Brazil) - Headed Out - In Play
1' Goal Kick  Júlio César (Brazil)
1' Shot  Mateo Kovacic (Croatia)
1' Throw-In  Šime Vrsaljko (Croatia)
1' Throw-In  Neymar (Brazil)
1' Start Half 
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