Brazil started FIFA World Cup campaign 2014-2015
Brazil launched their FIFA World Cup campaign in style with a 3-1 victory over Croatia in a free-flowing opening match as the biggest sporting spectacle on earth began here on Thursday.
Considered the spiritual home of the game, Brazil shrugged of anti-tournament protests and doubts of under prepared infrastructure as the football carnival began with a sparkling opening ceremony.
The host nation, however, started on the wrong foot as Marcelo scored an own goal much to the surprise of the home crowd.
Then wonder boy Neymar emerged as a true hero as he rose to the occasion by scoring an equalizer before converting a highly controversial penalty to send the 60,000 plus gathering into an ecstatic frenzy at the Corinthians arena.