Brazil vs Croatia 2014 World Cup Opening Match

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2014 World Cup opening match between Brazil vs Croatia Thursday, June 12, 2014. Located in the Arena Corinthians, São Paulo Brazil that target host sixth title seek first victory in Group A while utilizing the absence of Mario Mandzukic Croatia on the front lines. Status as seeded teams for the 2014 World Cup, Neymar and his friends have a nearly perfect record against Croatia. Selecao won 15 times in the last 16 games. Their goal is also only conceded twice since losing Wiss in August 2013 lalu.Tim Samba also has a very deadly front line with trident Hulk-Neymar- Fred who supported the player as smart asOscar.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is also used to handle the team in major tournaments. Nightmares Brazil in two World Cup early last fall, as unlikely to happen as long as Big Phil still handle the team.

Croatia 2014 World Cup

In contrast to Brazil, Croatia who brought Niko Kovac obstacles. Striker Mario Mandzukic must undergo punishment following his red card against Iceland in qualifying. Therefore, the 1998 World Cup third place will rely on the old man Nikica Jelavic with Ivica Olic up front.

Brazil used to playing aggressive football. Record of 17 goals in the last five games would be a test of its own for the back row to be commandeered by the Croatian Vedran Corluka. Niko Kovac could be more likely to play an effective defensive football.

This is where the role of their dynamo duo, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic will be very central. Labeled as two of the best midfielders to bring Real Madrid and Sevilla became the European champion, had the task of Modric and Rakitic dampen the Selecao's midfield.

Brazil has a problem in the opening match at the World Cup last four. They can only win since late summer thin. The possibility that repeated against Croatia. Head to head both teams are also very tight, but it feels superiority despite the numbers will still be in favor of the home side in this fight.

Head To Head Brazil vs Croatia:

18 Agusuts 2005 Croatia vs Brazil 1-1
June 14, 2006 Brazil vs Croatia 1-0

Estimated Teams:

Brazill (4-2-3-1): 12-Julio Cesar; 2-Dani Alves, 4-David Luiz, 3-Thiago Silva (c), 6-Marcelo; 17-Luiz Gustavo, 8-Paulinho; 7-Hulk, 11-Oscar, 10-Neymar; 9-Fred

Croatia (4-2-3-1): 1-Pletikosa; 11-Srna (c), 5-Corluka, Lovren-6, 3-Pranjic; 7-Rakitic, 10-Modric; 4-Perisic, 20-Kovacic, 9-Jelavic; 18-Olic
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