Neymar takes Brazil scores to 3-1 over Croatia
After 7 years of waiting and $11.5 billion worth of preparations, the Brazilians finally had their time of joy and party, after outscoring Croatia 3-1 in the in the opening game of World Cup on a pair of goals from just 22, star striker Neymar.
With thousands gathered, just to be around the first World Cup game in Brazil in 64 years, the team didn’t have a quite a good start, in fact, they stumbled. But Neymar showed the fans – why he is the star and why he carries the burden of his country’s enormous expectations, as he cleared a defender in midfield before firing a perfectly placed low shot that went in off the post, equalizing in the 29th minute of the game.
The teams were equal on the scoreboard, and party has official started with fireworks erupting outside the stadium, while they weren’t just equal on the field with Brazil holding a 7-1 edge on Croatia in shots on goal.
In the 71st minute, Neymar had the best of keeper Stipe Pletikosa, to become the “first player with two goals in his World Cup debut since Spain’s David Villa in 2006.”
The Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura awarded a controversial penalty in the 71st minute when striker Fred, “went down inside the area under minimal contact from defender Dejan Lovren.”
“If that was a penalty, we should be playing basketball,” said Croatia coach Niko Kovac. “Those kinds of fouls are penalized there.”
“That is shameful, this is not a World Cup referee. He had one kind of criteria for them and another for us. The rules were not the same.”
He said: “We better give it up now and go home. We talk about respect, Croatia didn’t get any. If we continue in this way, we will have a circus. No one in the stadium or 2 billion people watching at home could think that was a penalty.”
Croatia got a last; call it, one last chance to ruin the special celebration night of Brazil, with Ivan Perisic’s tying goal in the final moments, which was apparently waved off by Nishimura.
Fireworks once again and the Brazil’s fans were chanting full throat “The champion is back,” proving that it was worth the wait!