UEFA Champions League
Previous
Aktobe Lento
Dinamo Tbilisi
3:00 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 0
Game Details
FK Ventspils
Malmo FF
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
HJK Helsinki
Rabotnicki Kometal
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
Steaua Bucuresti
Stromsgodset
5:30 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 0
Game Details
NK Maribor
Zrinjski Mostar
6:00 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
St Patricks
Legia Warsaw
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
FC Aarau
FC Sion Sitten
5:45 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Zürich
FC Thun
5:45 PM GMT
Game Details
San Jose
Chicago
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
San Antonio Scorpions
Carolina RailHawks
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
San Lorenzo
Bolívar
10:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Arsenal de Sarandí
Instituto de Córdoba
9:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Godoy Cruz de Mendoza
Defensa y Justicia
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Ceará
Chapecoense AF
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 2 - 1
Game Details
Avaí
Palmeiras
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
ABC
Novo Hamburgo
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Santa Cruz FC
Botafogo da Paraiba
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
AA Ponte Preta
CR Vasco da Gama
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Corinthians
Bahia
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Alianza Lima
Sport Huancayo
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
U. Católica
Mushuc Runa
Postp
Game Details
Emelec
Deportivo Quito
Postp
Game Details
Independiente del Valle
Club Deportivo Cuenca
Postp
Game Details
Olmedo
El Nacional
Postp
Game Details
Liga de Loja
LDU Quito
Postp
Game Details
Manta F.C.
Barcelona
Postp
Game Details
Albirex Niigata
FC Tokyo
0
1
FT
Game Details
Gamba Osaka
Shimizu S-Pulse
4
0
FT
Game Details
Kashima Antlers
Omiya Ardija
2
2
FT
Game Details
Sagan Tosu
Kawasaki Frontale
0
1
FT
Game Details
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Kashiwa Reysol
5
2
FT
Game Details
Tokushima Vortis
Urawa Red Diamonds
0
2
FT
Game Details
Vantforet Kofu
Cerezo Osaka
0
0
FT
Game Details
Vegalta Sendai
Nagoya Grampus Eight
3
3
FT
Game Details
Yokohama F. Marinos
Vissel Kobe
1
1
FT
Game Details
Washington Spirit
Portland Thorns FC
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Next

Five Aside: Gotze's historics secure glory

Five Aside Jul 13, 2014
Read

Brazil's dubious distinction

Five Aside Jul 12, 2014
Read

Five historic storylines to watch in the final

Five Aside Jul 11, 2014
Read

Five Aside: Netherlands-Argentina preview

Five Aside Jul 7, 2014
Read

Early Argentina, Dutch survive

Five Aside Jul 5, 2014
Read

Quarterfinals Day 1: Favorites win through

Five Aside Jul 4, 2014
Read

Five Aside: Group winners reign

Five Aside Jul 1, 2014
Read

CAF's best push UEFA teams to the limit

Five Aside Jun 30, 2014
Read

Five Aside: Round of 16 records fall

Five Aside Jun 29, 2014
Read

South Americans set records

Five Aside Jun 28, 2014
Read

Matchday 14: Messi, Argentina in round of 16

Five Aside Jun 25, 2014
Read

Late-game heroics the norm for U.S.

Five Aside Jun 25, 2014
Read

World Cup firsts abound on Matchday 13

Five Aside Jun 24, 2014
Read

Five Aside: Matchday 12

Five Aside Jun 23, 2014
Read

Five Aside: Match Day 10

Five Aside Jun 21, 2014
Read
Jun 12, 2014

Five Aside: Brazil recovers

2014 FIFA World Cup Group A: Brazil 3-1 Croatia

Brazil, hosting its second World Cup and first since finishing runner-up in 1950, won its ninth straight opener with a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Croatia in Sao Paulo Thursday. The win extends the longest streak of opening match wins of any team at the 2014 World Cup. The hosts are now unbeaten in 18 straight openers (16-0-2) after losing the first match in each of the first two World Cups. Croatia has now lost its opening match in each of its last three World Cup appearances, with its last win coming from a 2-1 victory over Italy on June 8, 2002.

The match got off to a nervous start for the hosts when Marcelo put Croatia up 1-0 in the 11th minute with Brazil's first-ever own goal in its 98-game World Cup history. Although it wasn't off a Croatian boot, it was Croatia's first-ever World Cup goal against a CONMEBOL team in four matches.

Neymar came to the rescue 18 minutes later, however, bringing his team and the home fans back into the game by slotting a 29th-minute equalizer past Croatian goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa. It was the first game-tying goal for Brazil since Ronaldo pulled one back against Japan in the 2006 Group stage.

Coming out of the half tied 1-1, the Brazilians were not on the attack as they had been when trying to level the score in the first half. Brazil had an 87-37 advantage in touches in the attacking third of the field in the first half, but only a 67-61 advantage after the break.

BrazilBrazil
CroatiaCroatia
3
1
ESPN, ESPN3 FT
Match 1
Game Details

When Fred was fouled in the box in the 71st minute, Neymar was called upon to take the penalty kick, which he converted for his fifth penalty goal for Brazil and third to give his nation a lead. It was his 33rd international goal in 50 appearances, tying him with Jairzinho and Ronaldinho for seventh on Brazil's all-time scoring list. It also marked his seventh international multi-goal game and made him the first Brazilian to score two goals in a World Cup debut since Amarildo did in 1962. He is the fourth player in World Cup history to score multiple goals in a debut and the first since David Villa scored two in a 4-0 win over Ukraine in Spain's opening match of the 2006 tournament.

After Brazil had claimed the lead, Croatia went on the attack, forcing a 36-32 advantage in touches in the attacking third of the field from the 70th minute on. However, it wasn't enough as Oscar sealed the win for Brazil in extra time with his 10th international goal. It was the first time Brazil scored three goals in a World Cup match since its win over Chile in the Round of 16 in 2010.

Despite the early scare, host nations remain undefeated in World Cup openers (15-0-6) with the win. Brazil is now undefeated in 58 straight competitive home games since 1975 (non-friendlies) as they head into a match with Mexico on June 17.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.