Neymar hits two goals to fire hosts to victory

 

Neymar the Redeemer

Neymar the Redeemer: Brazil’s No 10 strikes a pose after his second goal and looks like the famous statue in Rio

 

Marcelo (right) looks aghast as his own goal gives Croatia the lead, much to the delight of Ivan Perisic

Marcelo (right) looks aghast as his own goal gives Croatia the lead, much to the delight of Ivan Perisic

 

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Unexpected: Marcelo (second right) steers the ball beyond his own keeper Julio Cesar

 

Neymar puts his penalty past Stipe Pletikosa

Neymar puts his penalty past Stipe Pletikosa despite the Croatia keeper getting a hand to it

 

Oscar curls in the third Brazil goal

Finishing it off nicely: Oscar curls in the third Brazil goal with the outside of his right foot

 

Brazil’s Fred raises his arms after a penalty was called against Croatia’s Dejan Lovren

Brazil’s Fred raises his arms after a penalty was called against Croatia’s Dejan Lovren (Picture: AP Photo)

 

An emotional Oscar celebrates scoring Brazil

An emotional Oscar celebrates scoring Brazil’s clincher

 

Olic jumped with his hands by his sides and headed the ball

Olic jumped with his hands by his sides and headed the ball fairly under attention from Cesar

 

Luka Modric takes one in the face from Neymar during the first half

Luka Modric takes one in the face from Neymar during the first half

 

Nishimura shows Neymar yellow as Modric writhes on the floor

Nishimura shows Neymar yellow as Modric writhes on the floor

 

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Neymar (left) is jubilant after scoring Brazil’s first goal of the World Cup