FIFA World Cup 2014: Neymar Stars in Brazil's 3-1 Win Over Croatia

In what many are considering as an escape from an the clutches of disappointment, Neymar helped Brazil defeat Croatia in the opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2014.

updated: June 13, 2014 09:16 IST
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Sao Paulo: Neymar showed why he is carrying Brazil's hopes at the FIFA World Cup, scoring twice on Thursday to help the underwhelming hosts escape a disappointing start to the tournament. (Match Highlights)

With Brazil struggling and down a goal against a spirited Croatian team, Neymar came through to lead his team to a 3-1 win in the opening match, scoring once in each half. The killer goal to make the score 2-1 was a hotly contested penalty awarded by Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura. (Related: Croatian coach cries foul, accuses referee of partiality)


"Things weren't going well," he said. "The first match is always difficult, we were anxious, we were nervous. I'm glad I was able to get the goals we needed at the time we needed them."

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