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Brazil 3-1 Croatia, World Cup 2014: How It Happened

11/06/2014 15:52 | Updated 13 June 2014
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06/12/2014 5:56 PM EDT

Full-time: Brazil 3-1 Croatia

The scoreline flatters Brazil, who would not even be regarded as favourites for the finals if they weren't the hosts on that showing. Neymar looked at ease under the pressure, but Oscar was the outstanding performer. The dodgy decisions by the Japanese referee will rightly enrage Croatia, who will be grateful for Mandzukic's return at the expense of Jelavic for the remainder of the group stage.

06/12/2014 5:52 PM EDT

3-1. Game over

Fitting Oscar should cap off his man of the match display, and his toe poke was innovative, however Pletikosa again was caught napping and was alarmingly slow getting down. He got a hand to the ball again but at 35 just looks too old.

06/12/2014 5:50 PM EDT

GOOOOOOOAAAALLLL

Oscar gets a deserved goal but Pletikosa is at fault again.

06/12/2014 5:50 PM EDT

91 min

Cesar saves from Perisic and Brazil are hanging on. There will be four added minutes.

06/12/2014 5:49 PM EDT

89 min

Really good chance for Corluka from a Modric cross. Olic is moaning at him, possibly because he got in his way. The Croats feel aggrieved in general.

06/12/2014 5:48 PM EDT

88 min

Neymar makes way for Ramires as Scolari shores it up.

06/12/2014 5:46 PM EDT

It's this man's night

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06/12/2014 5:46 PM EDT

86 min

Luiz mops up when it looks like Rebic is about to get a shot off at goal. Modric then has a good strike hesitantly saved by Cesar.

06/12/2014 5:43 PM EDT

DISALLOWED GOAL

Olic penalised for fouling Olic, but it was a flappy attempt from Cesar. Brazil are certainly enjoying the rub of the green.

06/12/2014 5:42 PM EDT

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Neymar's in full flow now and has rarely looked sharper this match. Jelavic has come off for Rebic, although it has hardly changed Croatia's approach. They're still struggling to retain the ball and their centre forward remains isolated.

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Bad dive, bad decision, bad run-up, bad penalty, bad goalkeeping. My love of the World Cup lasted 71 minutes.

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Nearly another own goal as Rakitic's diagonal pass is crossed in by Perisic and Luiz spoons the ball over.

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Nearly another own goal as Rakitic's diagonal pass is crossed in by Perisic and Luiz spoons the ball over.

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Just. It was a wretched, pompous run-up, Pletikosa got a big hand to it but he punched it into the corner of the net.

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Just. It was a wretched, pompous run-up, Pletikosa got a big hand to it but he punched it into the corner of the net.

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It didn't look like a penalty at the time and it looks utterly risible on the replay. Referee Yuichi Nishimura won't be sticking around long after the group stage.

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It didn't look like a penalty at the time and it looks utterly risible on the replay. Referee Yuichi Nishimura won't be sticking around long after the group stage.

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Fred has won it but it looked like a terrible decision. Lovren has been penalised.

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Fred has won it but it looked like a terrible decision. Lovren has been penalised.

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ANother Brazilian substitution, and it's the horrendous Hulk who makes way for Bernard.

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ANother Brazilian substitution, and it's the horrendous Hulk who makes way for Bernard.

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Alves strikes his free-kick cleanly but there's no dip on it and Pletikosa has it covered.

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Alves strikes his free-kick cleanly but there's no dip on it and Pletikosa has it covered.

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Calamitous defending from Corluka, who passes rather than clearing on the halfway line and puts Rakitic in trouble. Neymar intercepts and charges forward but dwells on the ball too long and his pass for Fred is cut out. Fortunately for him, Corluka took him out late and Brazil have a free-kick 25 yards from goal.

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Calamitous defending from Corluka, who passes rather than clearing on the halfway line and puts Rakitic in trouble. Neymar intercepts and charges forward but dwells on the ball too long and his pass for Fred is cut out. Fortunately for him, Corluka too...Read More"},{"id":"67","created":"06/12/2014 5:23 PM EDT","title":"63 min","tweet_link":"67_63-min","entry_text":"

Brozovic could have made an instant impact had he got his touch right. Had space to shoot but lost the ball instead.

Hernanes has now replaced Paulinho for Brazil.

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Brozovic could have made an instant impact had he got his touch right. Had space to shoot but lost the ball instead.

Hernanes has now replaced Paulinho for Brazil.

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Kovacic replaced by Dinamo Zagreb's 21-year-old Marcelo Brozović.

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Kovacic replaced by Dinamo Zagreb's 21-year-old Marcelo Brozović.

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Olic has the beating of Alves again but his cross is too straight and Luiz cuts it out. Jelavic made the run for the cut-back and explains just that.

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Olic has the beating of Alves again but his cross is too straight and Luiz cuts it out. Jelavic made the run for the cut-back and explains just that.

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It was outside the area and, although Alves has grazed him, it looks unintentional. Could have gone wither way, but it'd be harsh to criticise the referee.

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It was outside the area and, although Alves has grazed him, it looks unintentional. Could have gone wither way, but it'd be harsh to criticise the referee.

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Olic wants a penalty. He was unlikely to get onto the through ball, yet he stumbles suddenly with Alves adjacent to him. No replays yet so no chance of clarifying whether the referee got it wrong or right.

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Olic wants a penalty. He was unlikely to get onto the through ball, yet he stumbles suddenly with Alves adjacent to him. No replays yet so no chance of clarifying whether the referee got it wrong or right.

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Slick football in the middle third again from Croatia, with Rakitic at the heart of it. They work the ball out wide to the left again, although Brazil are better prepared this time and stymie the attack. Eventually, Perisic has a pot shot that troubles only the spectators behind Julio Cesar's goal.

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Slick football in the middle third again from Croatia, with Rakitic at the heart of it. They work the ball out wide to the left again, although Brazil are better prepared this time and stymie the attack. Eventually, Perisic has a pot shot that troubles...Read More"},{"id":"60","created":"06/12/2014 5:11 PM EDT","title":"51 min","tweet_link":"60_51-min","entry_text":"

Free-kick to Brazil near the corner flag after Vrsaljko's ill-timed challenge on the nippy Oscar. Neymar takes it, but it's cleared by Corluka and Modric attempts to engineer a counter-attack, only he's too slow and Oscar is there to win the ball back.

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Free-kick to Brazil near the corner flag after Vrsaljko's ill-timed challenge on the nippy Oscar. Neymar takes it, but it's cleared by Corluka and Modric attempts to engineer a counter-attack, only he's too slow and Oscar is there to win the ball back....Read More"},{"id":"59","created":"06/12/2014 5:08 PM EDT","title":"49 min","tweet_link":"59_49-min","entry_text":"

Little has changed. Brazil still enjoying the majority of possession and Hulk is still bad.

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Little has changed. Brazil still enjoying the majority of possession and Hulk is still bad.

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Brazil need to upgrade Fred and Hulk from peripheral to pivotal, but Neymar's not doing a bad job as it is.

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Brazil need to upgrade Fred and Hulk from peripheral to pivotal, but Neymar's not doing a bad job as it is.

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Really entertaining first-half. Brazil have dominated, but look shaky against Croatia's wide players and will be thankful Mandzukic is out injured. Brazil look too blunt in attack and it already feels inevitable Neymar will play further forward, in the absence of the anonymous Fred.

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Really entertaining first-half. Brazil have dominated, but look shaky against Croatia's wide players and will be thankful Mandzukic is out injured. Brazil look too blunt in attack and it already feels inevitable Neymar will play further forward, in the...Read More"},{"id":"56","created":"06/12/2014 4:47 PM EDT","title":"45 min","tweet_link":"56_45-min","entry_text":"

Hulk blasts high and wide (again) after Olic inexplicably attempted some showboating in his own third. He should mind the crockery at half-time.

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Hulk blasts high and wide (again) after Olic inexplicably attempted some showboating in his own third. He should mind the crockery at half-time.

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Neymar's unthreatening free-kick deflects off Rakitic's head for a corner, Hulk comes short and, of course, loses possession.

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Neymar's unthreatening free-kick deflects off Rakitic's head for a corner, Hulk comes short and, of course, loses possession.

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Terrific play again from Oscar, who nearly plays Neymar in, only the impressive Vrsaljko muscles him off the ball and Croatia survive another scare. Neymar's won a free-kick on the edge of the area, though, with Rakitic the perpetrator again. The Barça-bound playmaker is struggling with the defensive work.

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Terrific play again from Oscar, who nearly plays Neymar in, only the impressive Vrsaljko muscles him off the ball and Croatia survive another scare. Neymar's won a free-kick on the edge of the area, though, with Rakitic the perpetrator again. The Barç...Read More"},{"id":"52","created":"06/12/2014 4:39 PM EDT","title":"37 min","tweet_link":"52_37-min","entry_text":"

Important challenge from Modric, he cuts out Oscar's cut back to prevent Paulinho from firing at goal.

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Important challenge from Modric, he cuts out Oscar's cut back to prevent Paulinho from firing at goal.

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Rakitic takes a corner that doesn't beat the first man and Srna should play him back in yet spoons the ball out for a throw-in. It was nervily played.

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Rakitic takes a corner that doesn't beat the first man and Srna should play him back in yet spoons the ball out for a throw-in. It was nervily played.

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Croatia don't seem keen on defending and Brazil have also given off that impression during the opening half-hour. Another corner for Brazil.

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Croatia don't seem keen on defending and Brazil have also given off that impression during the opening half-hour. Another corner for Brazil.

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Moments earlier the selfless Perisic turned brilliantly and almost assisted a Jelavic goal. Brazil pick the ball up, Neymar finds himself between the defence and the midfield and his shot trickles past the culpable Pletikosa.

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Moments earlier the selfless Perisic turned brilliantly and almost assisted a Jelavic goal. Brazil pick the ball up, Neymar finds himself between the defence and the midfield and his shot trickles past the culpable Pletikosa.

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Neymar has equalised!

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Neymar has equalised!

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Booking for Neymar. He's a tad lucky not to be sent off after jabbing his arm into Modrić's face. He certainly had a look before taking aim.

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Booking for Neymar. He's a tad lucky not to be sent off after jabbing his arm into Modrić's face. He certainly had a look before taking aim.

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Wonderful play from Neymar, who gets to the byline yet his pullback isn't converted. The ball trickles into Oscar's path, and Pletikosa has to dive to his right and parry the ball away - it nearly shaved Fred's head en route to goal. The reliably wasteful Hulk then balloons the ball into the stands.

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Wonderful play from Neymar, who gets to the byline yet his pullback isn't converted. The ball trickles into Oscar's path, and Pletikosa has to dive to his right and parry the ball away - it nearly shaved Fred's head en route to goal. The reliably waste...Read More"},{"id":"42","created":"06/12/2014 4:23 PM EDT","title":"21 min","tweet_link":"42_21-min","entry_text":"

Pletikosa stops a straight Paulinho shot, as Brazil continue their dominance. Marcelo, desperate to make amends, then has a driven cross deflect into the 'keeper's arms.

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Pletikosa stops a straight Paulinho shot, as Brazil continue their dominance. Marcelo, desperate to make amends, then has a driven cross deflect into the 'keeper's arms.

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Alves is caught out again as Vrsaljko refuses to give up and gets a cross in that comes to nothing, but it's pretty obvious which flank Croatia want to engineer their attacks down.

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Alves is caught out again as Vrsaljko refuses to give up and gets a cross in that comes to nothing, but it's pretty obvious which flank Croatia want to engineer their attacks down.

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Another corner for Brazil after Neymar has a shot blocked. He takes it,but it is dealt with comfortably. Brazil's rhythm hasn't been compromised, despite the goal, yet there are already early signs of their bluntness up front.

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Another corner for Brazil after Neymar has a shot blocked. He takes it,but it is dealt with comfortably. Brazil's rhythm hasn't been compromised, despite the goal, yet there are already early signs of their bluntness up front.

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Kovačić loses possession, Brazil break and Oscar delivers a delightful cross which somehow eludes both Fred and Neymar. Croatia were caught out there, but they have got Brazil worried.

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Kovačić loses possession, Brazil break and Oscar delivers a delightful cross which somehow eludes both Fred and Neymar. Croatia were caught out there, but they have got Brazil worried.

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The Brazilian has joined the pantheon of Tshabalala, Lahm, Diop, Sampaio, Klinsmann and the like, but it's an unforgettable moment for all the wrong reasons. The pub quiz question 'who scored the 2014 World Cup opener?' has a nice twist to it, though.

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The Brazilian has joined the pantheon of Tshabalala, Lahm, Diop, Sampaio, Klinsmann and the like, but it's an unforgettable moment for all the wrong reasons. The pub quiz question 'who scored the 2014 World Cup opener?' has a nice twist to it, though.<...Read More"},{"id":"37","created":"06/12/2014 4:13 PM EDT","title":"11 min","tweet_link":"37_11-min","entry_text":"

Olic's cross was flicked on by Jelavic, who really did fluff his lines, but Marcelo intervened to divert the shot - which was going wide - into his own net. Again, Alves was exposed by Croatia.

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Olic's cross was flicked on by Jelavic, who really did fluff his lines, but Marcelo intervened to divert the shot - which was going wide - into his own net. Again, Alves was exposed by Croatia.

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Brazil 0-1 Croatia! It's a Marcelo own goal!

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Brazil 0-1 Croatia! It's a Marcelo own goal!

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Paulinho has a shot deflected wide following some sharp, incisive football in Croatia's half. There's an awestruck cheer whenever Neymar receives the ball.

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Paulinho has a shot deflected wide following some sharp, incisive football in Croatia's half. There's an awestruck cheer whenever Neymar receives the ball.

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Brazil are dominating possession but Perisic sends in an alluring cross from the right and Olic stoops to head wide. Alves is at fault again and, judging by the Croat's reaction, he should have hit the target. Good chance

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Brazil are dominating possession but Perisic sends in an alluring cross from the right and Olic stoops to head wide. Alves is at fault again and, judging by the Croat's reaction, he should have hit the target. Good chance

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Clumsy challenge by Vedran Corluka out on the left. Neymar has a discussion with Marcelo, it's the left-footer, the ball is headed back to Luíz, but he can't generate any power and Pletikosa gathers the ball with ease.

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Clumsy challenge by Vedran Corluka out on the left. Neymar has a discussion with Marcelo, it's the left-footer, the ball is headed back to Luíz, but he can't generate any power and Pletikosa gathers the ball with ease.

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Some great work down the left from the Wolfsburg forward, as Dani Alves suffers an early scare. The cross is dealt with well by Luíz, but Brazil's marauding full-backs, Croatia have reminded, are easy targets.

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Some great work down the left from the Wolfsburg forward, as Dani Alves suffers an early scare. The cross is dealt with well by Luíz, but Brazil's marauding full-backs, Croatia have reminded, are easy targets.

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The stands are a sea of yellow and David Luíz has already made the first tackle. Mateo Kovačić has fired wide already.

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The stands are a sea of yellow and David Luíz has already made the first tackle. Mateo Kovačić has fired wide already.

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The rendition was sensational. Stirring and emotional, it'll doubtless be Vined.

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The rendition was sensational. Stirring and emotional, it'll doubtless be Vined.

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The music for the second verse of Brazil's anthem stopped suddenly, but it seems as though it did the trick. They look impassioned and pumped up.

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The music for the second verse of Brazil's anthem stopped suddenly, but it seems as though it did the trick. They look impassioned and pumped up.

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Brazil captain Thiago Silva looks like he might be on the verge of tears. Neymar has hugged each teammate individually and the players have emerged clutching each others' shoulder.

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Brazil captain Thiago Silva looks like he might be on the verge of tears. Neymar has hugged each teammate individually and the players have emerged clutching each others' shoulder.

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In case you were wondering why he's not in the Croatia line-up, he is suspended. The strongest area of the Croat side is in midfield. Luka Mdorić and Ivan Rakitić were superb in Spain last season and the latter should move on from Sevilla in the summer, possibly to Barcelona.

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In case you were wondering why he's not in the Croatia line-up, he is suspended. The strongest area of the Croat side is in midfield. Luka Mdorić and Ivan Rakitić were superb in Spain last season and the latter should move on from Sevilla in the summ...Read More"},{"id":"26","created":"06/12/2014 3:39 PM EDT","title":"And here are the pick of the opening ceremomny's","tweet_link":"26_and-here-are-the-pick-of-the-opening-ceremomnys","entry_text":"

And here are the pick of the opening ceremony's pictures.

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And here are the pick of the opening ceremony's pictures.

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There have been a fair few shocks in living memory. You can relive the African trailblazers and more in our bitesize history lesson.

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There have been a fair few shocks in living memory. You can relive the African trailblazers and more in our b...Read More"},{"id":"24","created":"06/12/2014 3:13 PM EDT","title":"Fifa made sure very few one saw this paraplegic take the first kick","tweet_link":"24_fifa-made-sure-very-few-one-saw-this-paraplegic-take-the-first-kick","entry_text":"

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Pletikosa; Srna, Ćorluka, Lovren, Vrsaljko; Modrić, Rakitić, Perišić, Brozović; Olić, Jelavić

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Pletikosa; Srna, Ćorluka, Lovren, Vrsaljko; Modrić, Rakitić, Perišić, Brozović; Olić, Jelavić

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Brazil: Júlio César; Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo; Luis Gustavo, Paulinho; Oscar, Hulk, Neymar; Fred

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Brazil: Júlio César; Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo; Luis Gustavo, Paulinho; Oscar, Hulk, Neymar; Fred

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\"But of coursh...\"

Highlight of the World Cup so far: pic.twitter.com/TXqISJKMTm

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\"But of coursh...\"

Highlight of the World Cup so far: pic.twitter.com/TXqISJKMTm

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Fortunately, it didn't even last as long as Scotland at a World Cup.

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Fortunately, it didn't even last as long as Scotland at a World Cup.

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So according to colleague @andrewdownie who knows these things, Brazilian fans telling Pres Roussef to fuck herself in the arse. charming!

— Mike Collett Reuters (@footballmc) June 12, 2014

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So according to colleague @andrewdownie who knows these things, Brazilian fans telling Pres Roussef to fuck herself in the arse. charming!

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The official song has finished, which means the opening ceremony must finish shortly. ITV have also had enough and skipped to commercials. In the meantime, here are some trees...

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The official song has finished, which means the opening ceremony must finish shortly. ITV have also had enough and skipped to commercials. In the meantime, here are some trees...

"},{"id":"14","created":"06/12/2014 2:36 PM EDT","title":"Here's Pitbull and J-Lo","tweet_link":"14_heres-pitbull-and-jlo","entry_text":"

You may be familiar with the song, since it's on the Fifa World Cup game. You may not be familiar with Pitbull.

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You may be familiar with the song, since it's on the Fifa World Cup game. You may not be familiar with Pitbull.

"},{"id":"13","created":"06/12/2014 2:33 PM EDT","title":"Row, row, row your boat...","tweet_link":"13_row-row-row-your-boat","entry_text":"

\"opening

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"},{"id":"12","created":"06/12/2014 2:31 PM EDT","title":"\"Rather scary black and white ball figures\"","tweet_link":"12_rather-scary-black-and-white-ball-figures","entry_text":"

That's what Clive Tyldesley just said. Now some children are kicking footballs that are literally tied to their feet.

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That's what Clive Tyldesley just said. Now some children are kicking footballs that are literally tied to their feet.

"},{"id":"11","created":"06/12/2014 2:30 PM EDT","title":"It's all rather underwhelming","tweet_link":"11_its-all-rather-underwhelming","entry_text":"

World Cup opening ceremonies are not stand alone events, like they are at the Summer or Winter Olympics, but this bore-fest is doing a goo job of encouraging Russia and (maybe) Qatar not to bother.

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World Cup opening ceremonies are not stand alone events, like they are at the Summer or Winter Olympics, but this bore-fest is doing a goo job of encouraging Russia and (maybe) Qatar not to bother.

"},{"id":"10","created":"06/12/2014 2:26 PM EDT","title":"An alternative","tweet_link":"10_an-alternative","entry_text":"

"Now do classical gas!" pic.twitter.com/41JAhxBbcd

— SimpsonsQOTD (@SimpsonsQOTD) June 12, 2014

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"Now do classical gas!" pic.twitter.com/41JAhxBbcd

— SimpsonsQOTD (@SimpsonsQOTD) Read More"},{"id":"9","created":"06/12/2014 2:24 PM EDT","title":"So far, it's hardly Danny Boyle's Isles of Wonder","tweet_link":"9_so-far-its-hardly-danny-boyles-isles-of-wonder","entry_text":"

\"world

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\"sao

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There are trees to represent Amazonian Brazil. So far, it's resembling the rainbow rhythms class in Peep Show...

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There are trees to represent Amazonian Brazil. So far, it's resembling the rainbow rhythms class in Peep Show...

"},{"id":"6","created":"06/12/2014 2:11 PM EDT","title":"Nike's 'Last Game' ad","tweet_link":"6_nikes-last-game-ad","entry_text":"

It's being shown in full during an ITV ad break, but you can see it whenever you like here.

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It's being shown in full during an ITV ad break, but you can see it whenever you like here.

"},{"id":"5","created":"06/12/2014 2:09 PM EDT","title":"Back to the football","tweet_link":"5_back-to-the-football","entry_text":"

Six years ago, Káka did his thing against Brazil...

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Six years ago, Káka did his thing against Brazil...

"},{"id":"4","created":"06/12/2014 2:08 PM EDT","title":"Ian Wright","tweet_link":"4_ian-wright","entry_text":"

He's already insufferable, but he did at least reference James Bond and Jaws' fight adjacent to Sugar Loaf Mountain in Moonraker...

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He's already insufferable, but he did at least reference James Bond and Jaws' fight adjacent to Sugar Loaf Mountain in Moonraker...

"},{"id":"3","created":"06/12/2014 2:05 PM EDT","title":"Shark","tweet_link":"3_shark","entry_text":"

There's that scene in Jaws when the reporter does a piece-to-camera on Amity's beach and hauntingly informs the audience: \"Amity has long been known for its clean air, clean water and white sandy beaches. But in recent days, a cloud has appeared on the horizon of this beautiful resort community. A cloud in the shape of a killer shark.\"

If football is Amity, then the killer shark is Sepp Blatter. It is difficult to think of a World Cup finals in recent times that has been more overshadowed than this one, as the below slideshow illustrates...

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There's that scene in Jaws when the reporter does a piece-to-camera on Amity's beach and hauntingly informs the audience: \"Amity has long been known for its clean air, clean water and white sandy beaches. But in recent days, a cloud has appeared on the...Read More"},{"id":"2","created":"06/12/2014 2:00 PM EDT","title":"ITV titles time","tweet_link":"2_itv-titles-time","entry_text":"

How did it stack up? Well, it boasts Ronaldo, Pelé, fans recreating World Cup moments of yesteryear and a musician saying \"Brazil\" over and over again. It's distinctly underwhelming, but now we've got Fabio Cannavaro in the studio.

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How did it stack up? Well, it boasts Ronaldo, Pelé, fans recreating World Cup moments of yesteryear and a musician saying \"Brazil\" over and over again. It's distinctly underwhelming, but now we've got Fabio Cannavaro in the studio.

"},{"id":"1","created":"06/12/2014 1:11 PM EDT","title":"Let the games begin!","tweet_link":"1_let-the-games-begin","entry_text":"

Wait, that's the Olympics, isn't it? Or one of the standout quotes from The Dark Knight Rises, yet the games of the 2014 Fifa World Cup commence with Brazil and Croatia tonight, a repeat of the teams' 2006 opener in Germany.

But before the match, we'll constantly update you on how fortunate you might be to not be watching Adrian Chiles drone on or comment on Jennifer Lopez's penalty skills. It's 20 years since Diana Ross missed an open goal in Chicago during that glitzy opening ceremony.

Updates will be frequent from around 7pm.

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Wait, that's the Olympics, isn't it? Or one of the standout quotes from The Dark Knight Rises, yet the games of the 2014 Fifa World Cup commence with Brazil and Croatia tonight, a repeat of the teams' 2006 opener in Germany.

But before t...Read More"}]

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