Brazil striker Neymar has said that his two goals in the opening match of the World Cup on Thursday exceeded his dreams, BBC
The hosts eventually won 3-1 against Croatia in an entertaining, though eventually controversial encounter. Niko Kovac’s side took the lead after only 11 minutes when Brazilian left-back Marcelo turned the ball into his own net following a cross from the left, but Neymar drew his side level 17 minutes later with a low shot that went in off a post.
The second half saw Brazil see plenty of the ball, but Croatia were holding the off comfortable. However, the game changed just after the three-quarter mark when referee Yuichi Nishimura awarded a controversial penalty to Brazil for a foul on Fred. Neymar converted from the spot, before Oscar added a breakaway third late on.
Neymar’s performance and brace of goals saw him earn the man of the match award, and afterwards he said: “I think I am happier than I ever dreamt, to start with a victory in the World Cup such as this. The whole team deserves praise for being able to keep calm and turn things around.”