Brazil vs Croatia (3-1)
We had another good night at Isaacs as the World Cup finally kicked off. It was good as we had 4 goals scored. A 5th if you count the Croatian goal that was incorrectly disallowed.
Brazil, as hosts, kicked us off the opening game in group A. Their opponents Croatia worked very hard and were unlucky not to get a point out of the game. In honesty, a lot of the Brazilian players were a little below par as was the Croatian goalkeeper who made some good saves at times. Sadly though he let in some sloppy goals.
The game ended 3-1 to Brazil with a truck load of luck for the hosts and really poor decisions against plucky Croatia spoiling the opening spectacle a little.
An own goal on the 11th minute put the Croatians ahead as Brazil made a terrible clearance under pressure causing Marcelo to score against his own team. Croatia then did well for a period of time. The big Brazilian hope Neymar had a mixed game, yes, he scored twice, and on a normal day that’s great.
The first was a weak shot that just about made it in, and the 2nd was a suspect penalty won by Fred but badly awarded by the Japanese ref. More to the point in my view Neymar should probably have been sent off for a red card. The challenge itself wasn’t that bad, a forearm to the face so it wasn’t just a mistimed tackle. The main reason is, he took a good look at the player before making it.
Many players would have gone off for that, then he scored twice!
The penalty was in the 2nd half and with Brazil 2-1 up they still looked vulnerable. Croatia then scored a good goal but it wasn’t given, oddly. Either way, it was soft work by the match officials and Croatia were rightly livid at the call.
It was a good strike if not a little cheeky.
The result – Brazil vs Croatia ended 3-1 – Brazil were fortunate and Croatia very unlucky!