Date: 12 June
Time: 21:00 BST
Stadium: Arena de Sao Paulo
The Selecao will be drilled to play exciting football and Croatia will surely be keen to survive the first 15 minutes without conceding.
If Croatia somehow manage to score early, the party-like atmosphere could quickly turn into frustration.
And Croatia surely won’t be a walk-over, with the likes of Luka Modric, Dario Srna and Mario Mandzukic wanting to prove their World Cup credentials.
The sides have previously met once, in the group stages of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The game was a tight affair decided by only one goal from Kaka.
Brazil will be hoping to continue their form from the 2013 Confederations Cup when they brushed aside the likes of Italy and Spain.
Back then, Neymar scored inside the first three minutes during their 3-0 opening victory over Japan.
Pressure was on the Brazil ‘wonder-kid’ at that time and he had a phenomenal tournament – and after a difficult start to life in Spain at Barcelona, he will have the world’s eyes on him once again.
But if Neymar and Brazil start like in 2013, we are surely up for a spectacle.
Local fans will hope Brazil can start the tournament like the last time the Samba nation hosted the World Cup, when Brazil beat Mexico 4-0 in 1950.
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