Emotions ran high on the morning of June 12th, 2014, with an entire country ready to cheer its team on in the midst of protests and controversy.
Brazil and Croatia took the field to kick off the 2014 FIFA World Cup. After 11 minutes into the game, Croatia’s Olic stormed down the flank to deliver a ball to his teammate, a ball that made slight contact with Nikica Jelavic’s foot and rolled into the path of Marcelo, who tapped it into his own net. It was a huge shock to everyone in the stadium, country, and around the world. That, however, did not kill the confidence of the Brazilians.
Starlet Neymar shone once again with a strike in the 29th minute to tie the game. He shone once again in the 2nd half, off a controversial penalty kick that many have claimed to have been won by a dive from Fred. Oscar blasted a neat strike with his toe near the end of the game to seal the deal for Brazil.