World Cup kicks off with victory for Brazil

6.13.14:  Brazil beat Croatia 3-1 to open tournament play

 

The World cup is underway in Brazil, where the host country opened the competition with a 3-1 win over Croatia.  The Brazilians fell behind 1-0 on an own goal in the 11th minute before Neymar scored twice, the second coming on a penalty shot in the 71st minute.  Croatia had a goal disallowed in the 83rd minute after the referee ruled Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar had been fouled.

 

The U.S. men’s team will play their first game Monday against Ghana.