Sao Paulo: Furious Croatia defender Dejan Lovren branded the penalty awarded against him during Brazil's 3-1 win in the FIFA World Cup opener on Thursday a "scandal", questioning the referee's right to be officiating at the showpiece event. (Croatian coach screams foul!)
Unfancied Croatia took a shock lead when Marcelo put the ball into his own net early in the Group A match before Neymar levelled in front of a jubilant crowd in the Corinthians Arena. (Match Highlights | Full report | Match pics)
But the European side were holding their own in the second half until Japanese ref Yuichi Nishimura pointed to the spot after Fred backed into Lovren and fell.