Brazil start the World Cup with a shaky comeback victory over Croatia

Mr. JB Soccer

Neymar Jr. celebrates and is reliefed to give Brazil the lead, after scoring his penalty against Croatia in the 2014 World Cup opener.  Photo provided by Bleacher Report Neymar Jr. is relieved to give Brazil the lead, after scoring his penalty against Croatia in the 2014 World Cup opener. Photo provided by Bleacher Report

Group A

The final score was 3-1 in the Samba Kings favor, but never the less a controversial penalty and weak goalkeeping gives Brazil the three points.

Byline: Jorge Belon, Editor in Chief

São Paulo—  Neymar Jr. scores the winning goal by a penalty, to complete the comeback at the 71 minute of the second half to ease the anxiety of an entire nation.

The 22-year-old Brazilian playmaker might have scored the penalty, but the flop from Fred in the penalty box, gave Neymar the chance to give Brazil the 2-1 lead deep in the second half.

Neymar Jr. stepped up to take the penalty, a poorly hit shot going down the middle of the goal. Croatian goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa got two hands…

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