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Did Fred Dive to Win Brazil Penalty vs. Croatia in World Cup Opener?

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Will TideySenior Manager, GlobalDecember 17, 2016

We have our first big controversy of the World Cup after referee Yuichi Nishimura awarded Brazil a penalty against Croatia in the opening match.

Did Dejan Lovren really commit a foul on Fred—one worthy of a yellow card, no less?


Neymar stepped up to score from 12 yards and Brazil went on to win 3-1, but there will be many questioning the validity of the call.

Here's what Croatia coach Niko Kovac had to say about it afterwards, as per the Yorkshire Post.

If that’s how we start the World Cup, we’d better give it up now and go home. We talk about respect, that wasn’t respect, Croatia didn’t get any. If that's a penalty, we don't need to play football anymore. Let's play basketball instead. It's a shame.

In the aftermath, Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari argued that it was indeed the correct decision to award the penalty, per

For me it was a penalty, there are things that everyone interprets differently. It is the interpretation of the referee. 

I have seen it repeated 10 times on TV.

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