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Jun 12, 2014

Brazil-Croatia: The controversial call

Thursday's World Cup opener between Brazil and Croatia had plenty of excitement, and a little controversy.

With the match tied at one in the 72nd minute, Fred made a move for the ball in the Croatia penalty area. Dejan Lovren appeared to not make much contact with Fred, but Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura awarded Brazil a questionable penalty that Neymar converted in the 71st minute, giving the host nation 2-1 up in what turned into a 3-1 victory over Croatia.

What did you think of the controversial call? Vote here to weigh in!

There was plenty of reaction from the interwebs:

Watch the actual call:

Dejan Lovren (Croatia) Yellow Card at 69'

And then, Neymar gets his chance for Brazil:

Neymar (Brazil) Penalty - Scored at 71'

And there was much rejoicing! In Brazil ...

Neymar was satisfied with the win ...

Neymar speaks after scoring two goals in Brazil's World Cup opening game victory against Croatia.

But Croatia coach Niko Kovac was not.

Croatia coach Niko Kovac discusses the penalty awarded to Brazil in their 3-1 opening game loss.

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