2014 World Cup: Brazil beats Croatia, 3-1

2014 World Cup: Brazil beats Croatia, 3-1
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Hosts Brazil overcame a nervy beginning — replete with an own goal — to win its first game of the 2014 World Cup, with two goals from star Neymar and a third from Oscar.

Brazil needed a little help from the referee, who awarded a penalty for a blatant dive by Fred. Neymar scored the penalty to put Brazil up 2-1.

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Ryu Spaeth

Ryu Spaeth is deputy editor at TheWeek.com. Follow him on Twitter.