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Brazil vs. Croatia: Goals and Highlights from World Cup Opener

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Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterDecember 20, 2016

Brazil defeated Croatia in the opening match of the World Cup 3-1 on Thursday to give the favoured host nation a bit of relief after falling behind early. 

The hosts scored three straight after conceding an own goal early to put them in prime position in Group A. Here we bring all of the goals from the match as they happened. 

Croatia took a shock lead over hosts Brazil when Marcelo put through his own net in the 11th minute. 

Croatia attacked up the left side and put in a low cross that Marcelo accidentally knocked past goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

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Neymar equalised for Brazil in the 29th minute with a low, powerful shot to the far post to the relief of Marcelo and the Brazil fans.

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Neymar later gave Brazil the all-important lead with his second goal, albeit controversially, with a penalty in the 71st minute. 

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The penalty was awarded in contentious fashion as Fred went down rather easily in the Croatia box. 

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Playmaker Oscar then put the finishing touches on Brazil's win when he darted through Croatia's defence and finished low with the outside of his foot. 

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