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World Cup: thoughts so far


by Hit the Post Blog

The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is underway and will continue to keep on rolling until the final game on July 13.

One game has been played. One game is in the second half. But there are still controversy topics to discuss.

Brazil took the field as the host country in the first game of the tournament yesterday against Croatia. The crowd brought a roaring atmosphere into Sao Paulo to cheer on the tournament favorite Brazil. After the players and crowd passionately sang the Brazilian National Anthem, one would have thought it would have been a dominant performance by Brazil. But that was not the case.

Brazil came out flat and underestimated the Croats. They were playing sloppy defense, and Croatia took advantage of it in the 11th minute. A Croatian player whipped the ball into the box, where two players were running into the box. Brazil defender David Luiz missed the ball right before the ball hit off Brazil defender Marcelo. Marcelo scored an own goal, and Croatia was up 1-0.

The crowd was stunned. The soccer fans around the world were stunned. Brazil came into the World Cup as the tournament favorite, and was not playing like it. Brazil came back to beat Croatia 3-1 and the golden boy was the story. Neymar da Silva Santos Junior is the face of Brazil and gives Brazil hope to win the World Cup. He played like it. Neymar scored the first two goals for Brazil, and is on his way to winning the Golden Boot. The Golden Boot Award goes to the top goal scorer of the FIFA World Cup.

Neymar may have scored two goals, but did he get some help from the referees? Yes, yes, yes and yes. The referees in this game were terrible, and allowed Brazil to get back into the match when Croatia really had a chance to walk away from the game with a great result. In the 71st minute, Brazil forward Fred proceeded to flop in the box, and the Japanese ref gave Brazil the penalty kick. It was clearly not a foul, but the ref called it. Neymar took the penalty kick for Brazil, scoring his second goal of the match. Neymar's goal gave Brazil all the momentum they needed, as they went on to beat Croatia 3-1.