Skip to comments.World Cup - Two-goal Neymar fires Brazil to controversial opening win
Posted on 06/13/2014 1:58:16 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
Neymar saved Brazil's blushes as a controversial late penalty saw him strike a double to give the hosts a 3-1 win over Croatia.
The Barcelona forward converted a hotly disputed spot-kick 19 minutes from time after Fred tumbled under minimal contact from Dejan Lovren.
It capped a superb night for the 22-year-old on a personal level as he marked his 50th cap for his country by drilling in a low 25-yard effort just shy of the half hour after Niko Kovac's side had silenced a buoyant home crowd.
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What do you do when youre a world class footballer who has just won his country victory at the opening game of the World Cup?
Oh yes, hang out with your girlfriend in a closet.
Croatian press slam 'shameful' penalty
"Injustice!'' "Shame!'' and "Referee shamelessly broke the Fiery Ones (Vatreni - the team;s nickname)!'' read the leading dailies frontpage headlines as they lamented over an "invented penalty.''
The press gave great play too to Croat coach Niko Kovac's comments to Croatian state-run HRT television that: "If that was a penalty then we should not play football anymore!''
Why do I see Jerry Lewis, with dental inserts, saying...”Me so solly!”
Officers also used rubber bullets as anger at the money being spent to host the competition spilled over.
I can see how the referee called the penalty in the box. It’s not like soccer players ever flop...
(insert Asian eye joke here)
While I have come to enjoy soccer late in life, I continue to think the game needs a bit more scoring. Not because I want cheap goals -- the travesty that basketball has become should cure anyone of that -- but because bad or questionable calls, fluke goals, and shootouts loom far too large in soccer. Bad calls happen in all sports. Can't be avoided. But in most sports you can say, "let's get it back," and mean it. In high level soccer, scoring is so difficult that getting it back requires a bit of a miracle.
That was the worst call I’ve ever seen in World Cup play. I feel bad for Croatia.
The star of the official tournament song We Are One (Ola Ola) emerged on stage at the opening ceremony in what can best be described as a pair of white pants he stole from his cohort Jennifer Lopez.
Interestingly, Lopez, aka J-Lo, wore a similar pair of high-waisted, stark white, ankle-baring chinos during her appearance on The Tonight Show earlier this week, where together with host Jimmy Fallon she performed the sketch ''Tight Pants''.
Spain, the reigning world and European champions, meet Netherlands in a repeat of the 2010 final, one of three fixtures as the tournament gets into full swing.
Mexico v Cameroon
Spain v Netherlands
Chile v Australia
In one of the quirks of the draw for Brazil, Spain opens the defense of its title against the country it beat in the championship decider in Johannesburg four years ago.
But while Vicente Del Bosque's team has stuck to its attacking philosophy, Holland coach Louis van Gaal is packing his defense and hoping one of his three star forwards, Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben or Wesley Sneijder, can snatch a goal on the counterattack in their Group B opener at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.
A tasty rematch in 2014's first trio
13 June 2014 marks a first in FIFA World Cup history: the two finalists from the previous edition will go head-to-head in the group stage four years on. Reigning champions Spain go into the tournament having prolonged their stranglehold by defending their UEFA European Championship title at EURO 2012, where they beat Italy in the final. The Netherlands, on the other hand, suffered a hangover from their defeat in the South Africa 2010 showpiece and lost all three of their group fixtures at the EUROs, falling to Germany, Portugal and Denmark. However, having sailed through qualifying as usual, Arjen Robben and Co are out for revenge against La Roja.
Cameroon also fluked into the Cup, after Togo lost points on a technicality. And the team has bickered with its administration over bonus money. The signs are not auspicious.
Striker Eduardo Vargas and midfielder Arturo Vidal were joint top-scorers for Chile in the qualifiers with five apiece Australia rely heavily for goals on veteran Tim Cahill, who holds the national record of 32 in 68 appearances.
Socceroos quietly hope to spring a World Cup surprise against Chile
Virtually everyone has written off the Socceroos, and every day a new global media outlet steps forward with a fresh, data-assisted spin on the near-impossibility of their task. But Ange Postecoglou will surely be hoping that the disjuncture between appearance and reality, magically at work in the city that fans out around the Arena Pantanal, will somehow rub off on this Australian team, so easily cast aside in the global consciousness as a cute and willing band of friendly no-hopers.
The Socceroos take to the field on Friday night (8am Saturday AEST) in hope more than anything else, but the hope comes with a decent foothold in reasoned expectation. Performances in the warm-up games have traced an encouraging arc of improvement, and the starting XI now has a pleasantly settled, familiar look to it.
Some commentators suggested that FIFA should use refs from the bigger leagues from Europe or S. America for the opening game. The J-League is not one of the world’s best.
Though I wouldn’t want to say “corrupt”, favoring one side is what sounds like what happened. Not strictly incompetence. Shoddy officiating has plagued the World Cups, discussed in yesterday’s thread.
In 2010, 4 refs sent home, 2 from Europe, 1 from South America, 1 from Africa.
“Four referees who found themselves at the centre of embarrassing World Cup blunders left for home on Tuesday after failing to make the shortlist for the remainder of the tournament.
Uruguays Jorge Larrionda, the man who missed Frank Lampards goal in Englands 4-1 defeat to Germany, is on the hit-list.
Italian official Roberto Rosetti, who allowed Carlos Tevezs header to stand despite the Argentinian striker being offside against Mexico, is also heading home.
Frances Stephane Lannoy and Koman Coulibaly of Mali also missed out on the list of 19 referees released by FIFA to officiate from the quarter-finals onwards.”
Filled out a spreadsheet in a contest about 10 days ago, so not as good as when you can change your mind at the last moment.
I predicted Mexico/Cameroon and Netherlands/Spain to draw, Chile to win.
Mejicanos al grito de la guerra, da da da da da, un soldado en cada hijo que dio,
si un ememigo extrano....
BEEF JERKY TIME! Go Cameroon!
Mexico is outplaying Cameroon big time, so far, but still 0-0.
Mexico got screwed.
Mexico got screwed.
Maybe, but it’s only an fricken game. Meanwhile we are being royally screwed by Mexico.
I’m tracking how many goals are scored by club team. So far:
Barcelona 2 (Neymar)
Chelsea 1 (Oscar)
Real Madrid -1 (Marcelo)
Mexico disallowed goals. When one checks neutral forums, it’s apparent they think it’s a bad call or 2, linesman could have been overruled in 2nd goal, went off some say a Cameroon player’s head.
Jay Demerit and the other guy, forget his name said as much on ESPN. This officiating... can’t believe they can’t get this right. That’s the big knock on soccer but it is usually quite a bit less in the Premier League. This is atrocious.
Poor guy...what a start to his World Cup.
Gana El Tricolor. Uno-Cero.
Great save by the Mexican goalkeeper on that header by Cameroon in the last 10 minutes.
I think Mexico stands a chance against the Host Brazil, in the last 25 years, Mexico has won a few vs. the Samba Boys while still being on the end of some lopsided losses.
Mexico won its game in Group B 1-0.
Group A for the record.
Australia, Chile, Netherlands, Spain
What a goal by Van Persie.
Whoopee, Meh-Hee-Co beat one of the worst teams in the tournament by only one goal. Color me unimpressed, Croatia will kill them.
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