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Tuesday 21 April 2015

World Cup 2014: Brazil 3 Croatia 1 in pictures

Brazil's Neymar celebrates with  Hulk after Neymar scored his sides first goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014.   (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Brazil's Neymar celebrates with Hulk after Neymar scored his sides first goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Brazil fans watch the opening match in the late evening sun at the FIFA Fan Fest on June 12, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Brazil's Marcelo eyes the ball during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Brazil's Neymar, left, shoots and scores past Croatia's Dejan Lovren, left, as Brazil's Fred, center, watches during the group A World Cup soccer match in the opening game of the tournament at Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Brazil's Paulinho struggles for the ball with Croatia's Sime Vrsaljko during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Brazil's Neymar, centre, celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Pigeons are released prior to the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
Brazil's Neymar's image is displayed on a video screen as players are introduced before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Brazil fans react to the the early own goal scored by Marcelo at the FIFA Fan Fest on June 12, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Brazil fans react to the the early own goal scored by Marcelo at the FIFA Fan Fest on June 12, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Brazil fans watch the opening match in the late evening sun at the FIFA Fan Fest on June 12, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Referee Yuichi Nishimura speaks with Ivica Olic (L) and Dejan Lovren of Croatia (C) after giving Lovren a yellow card and awarding a penalty kick in the second half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Neymar of Brazil takes a penalty kick against Stipe Pletikosa of Croatia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Hernanes of Brazil is challenged by Luka Modric of Croatia in the second half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Neymar of Brazil celebrates after scoring his second goal on a penalty kick in the second half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Brazil fans watch the opening match in the late evening sun at the FIFA Fan Fest on June 12, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Dani Alves of Brazil battles with Ivica Olic of Croatia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A fan reacts after Brazil concede a goal during the FIFA Fan Fest on Fortaleza beach on June 12, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Brazil fans react to the the early own goal scored by Marcelo at the FIFA Fan Fest on June 12, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Fans react after Brazil concede a goal during the FIFA Fan Fest on Fortaleza beach on June 12, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Fans react after Brazil concede a goal during the FIFA Fan Fest on Fortaleza beach on June 12, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A general view during the FIFA Fan Fest on Fortaleza beach on June 12, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Fred of Brazil gestures for a foul from the ground as Dejan Lovren of Croatia looks on in the second half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A general view of the arena during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A general view of the arena during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
PORTO SEGURO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: A replica of the FIFA world cup trophy is displayed during the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia on June 12, 2014 in Porto Seguro, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Neymar of Brazil (L) celebrates scoring a goal in the first half with Fred during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Ivan Rakitic of Croatia challenges Neymar of Brazil in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Ivan Rakitic of Croatia challenges Neymar of Brazil in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Neymar of Brazil runs to the sideline to celebrate with his team after scoring in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Mateo Kovacic of Croatia challenges Neymar of Brazil in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Neymar of Brazil (R) celebrates after scoring a goal in the first half with Marcelo (L) and Hulk (C) during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Oscar of Brazil falls to the ground trying to control the ball against Mateo Kovacic (L) and Ivan Perisic of Croatia in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
PORTO SEGURO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Brazil fans cheer their team during the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia on June 12, 2014 in Porto Seguro, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
PORTO SEGURO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Brazil fans cheer their team during the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia on June 12, 2014 in Porto Seguro, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Neymar of Brazil is shown a yellow card by referee Yuichi Nishimura as Luka Modric of Croatia lies on the field during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Croatia and Brazil players form a wall on a line sprayed on the field by the referee in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Kevin Cox/Getty Images)
PORTO SEGURO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Brazil fans cheer their team during the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia on June 12, 2014 in Porto Seguro, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Neymar of Brazil lies on the field in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Neymar of Brazil runs to the sideline to celebrate with his team after scoring in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Kevin Cox/Getty Images)
PORTO SEGURO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Brazil fans cheer their team during the Group A match between Brazil and Croatia on June 12, 2014 in Porto Seguro, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Stipe Pletikosa of Croatia dives and fails to make a save on a shot by Neymar of Brazil (not pictured) in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Kevin Cox/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Neymar of Brazil (2nd R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a first half goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Brazil players, officials and Croatia players look on before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Neymar of Brazil (L) celebrates scoring a first half goal with Oscar and Dani Alves during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Kevin Cox/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Neymar of Brazil (2nd R) celebrates with Dani Alves and Fred after a goal in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Neymar of Brazil dribbles past Ivan Perisic of Croatia in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Neymar of Brazil shoots and scores against Dejan Lovren of Croatia in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Ivan Rakitic of Croatia controls the ball against Neymar of Brazil in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Ivan Perisic of Croatia celebrates a first half goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Ivan Perisic of Croatia celebrates a first half goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Neymar (R) and Fred of Brazil wait to kick off in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Oscar of Brazil fights off Sime Vrsaljko of Croatia in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Ivan Perisic of Croatia celebrates a first half goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Ivan Rakitic of Croatia challenges Paulinho of Brazil in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 12: Brazil fans hold a giant shirt shaped flag during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Neymar lit the fireworks for Brazil's World Cup party to begin in earnest after inspiring victory for the host nation in the tournament's opening match against Croatia.

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