The home crowd was ecstatic in the opener of the 2014 FIFA World Cup as their poster boy, Neymar, scored two goals for Brazil in their 3-1 victory over Croatia. The contest wasn’t without controversy. After going up for a jump ball, Neymar hit Luka Modric in the throat and drew a yellow card in the 28th minute.
Replay footage indicates that Neymar took a good look at Modric before lashing an arm out, but the hit wasn’t brutal. So to me, the yellow card seemed fitting. A red would have been an outrage. Am I right?
After the incident, Neymar drove down the field and scored when his strike bounced off of the goal post and bounced into the back of the net in the 29th minute, tying the game at 1-1.
Marcelo made history earlier in the 11th minute of the contest by becoming the first Brazilian to score an own goal in the World Cup, giving Croatia a 1-0 lead.
For his second goal, Neymar scored from the penalty spot in the 71st minute. Oscar scored Brazil’s third goal in the dying moments of the match.