World Cup 2014 – Neymarn’s Brace Seals Brazil Victory
Brazil rode a trend of nationwide fervour to release the Globe Cup with a 3-1 victory over France on friday as an starting day which started with aggressive situations provided way to an outpouring of joy.
Barcelona celebrity Neymar obtained in each 50 percent as South america retrieved from conceding an beginning Marcelo own objective to set up a win before lots of golden-shirted lovers at the 61,600 Corinthians Field in Sao Paulo.
Chelsea midfielder Oscar put the closure on the win with a delayed attack from range to induce delirium.
The host nation’s Group A victory was greeted by an explosion of fireworks across Sao Paulo, a sharp contrast to several hours earlier when riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse angry protests.
But a largely free-flowing tournament-opener was shrouded in controversy, with Brazil’s winner coming courtesy of a dubious penalty when Croatia defender Dejan Lovren was harshly adjudged to have shoved Fred over.
The hosts, chasing a record sixth World Cup, had also enjoyed a degree of good fortune in the first half when Neymar received only a yellow card for elbowing Croatia’s playmaker Luka Modric.
Moments later Neymar scored Brazil’s equaliser to settle home nerves after Marcelo’s 11th-minute own goal.
The match had kicked off after a spine-tingling rendition of Brazil’s national anthem with fans — exhorted to unite behind the team by coach Luiz Felipe Scolari — roaring their support for the “Selecao.”
Even after the music stopped, fans and players alike put their hearts and souls into one more verse.
Brazil leader Thiago Silva epitomised the feelings, bellowing a rallying cry to his team-mates as they began on their pursuit to generate first headline on home ground.
The success offered a euphoric counterpoint to moments previously in the day when aggressive demonstrations in Sao Paulo had confronted a rainy begin to the month-long soccer of production.
A torrid seven-year build-up bedevilled by setbacks and community rage at the tournament’s $11 billion dollars (8m euros) price, and spread demonstrations took position on Friday in several of the places which will variety Globe Cup activities.
The most severe assault took position just a few kilometers (miles) from the starting coordinate, as anarchist protesters in dark tops and covers lit bonfires of junk after armoured cops desired to quell demonstrations.
But Sao Paulo and other places mostly went silent as the experience began. Yellow-colored and natural banners installed from many structures.
Gutemberg Santos, 42, said his t-shirts and flags had sold like hot cakes. “It has been a good day, everyone is happy,” he said.Protesters who last year brought chaos to the Confederations Cup rehearsal tournament had vowed to march on the Sao Paulo stadium.
But riot police responded forcefully, chasing protesters up a main avenue and firing tear gas in the middle of oncoming traffic, forcing cars decorated with the Brazilian flag to weave their way through the chaos.
A cannister fired by police hit and injured a CNN journalist and an AFP correspondent saw one woman in tears clutching her arm.
In Rio de Janeiro, striking ground staff briefly blocked a road leading to the city’s international airport.
Around 1,000 protesters also gathered in the city centre, a small group of them scuffling with police, who arrested four people.
A total of 64 games will culminate with the July 13 final in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium next month.
Saturday’s action promises more drama, with world champions Spain facing the Netherlands in a repeat of the 2010 World Cup final in the northern city of Salvador in Group B.
Group B’s other encounter sees dark horses Chile take on Australia. In the day’s other remaining game, Mexico play Cameroon in Group A.