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."