Rio de Janeiro: TV sets were on in scruffy bars tucked into shantytowns, clubs for the elite and the living rooms of countless homes across the expanse that is Brazil. Whether it was an old black-and-white model on a remote Amazon cattle ranch or a mammoth high-tech screen at the beach, all eyes were glued on the World Cup's opening game. (Match Highlights | Full report | Match pics)
Brazil's national team is chasing a sixth world championship and few of their countrymen missed the home squad defeat Croatia 3-1 on Thursday, starting soccer's biggest tournament off on a month-long run.
Not that there weren't some anxious moments for the home fans. (Controversy: Croatian coach cries foul!)