World Cup Diary
Our update on what's been happening in Brazil.
Every morning throughtout the World Cup, evertonfc.com brings you a quickfire update of what's been going on in Brazil...
What happened last night?
Brazil took on Croatia in Sao Paulo. The Croats took a shock sixth minute lead with ex-Everton man Nikica Jelavic seeing his effort turned into his own net by Marcelo.
Brazil levelled when Neymar scuffed into his own net and then took the lead in the second half through a more-than-dubious penalty, also despatched by poster-boy Neymar.
Chelsea’s Oscar toe-poked a third in added time and it finished 3-1. Another former Blues striker, Jo, was an unused sub.
Croatia boss Niko Kovac wasn't impressed with the pivotal penalty decision, saying: "We better give it up now and go home. We talk about respect, Croatia didn't get any. If that's a penalty, we don't need to play football anymore. Let's play basketball instead."
Who caught the eye?
Neymar will take the headlines with his brace but Oscar shrugged off a low key end to the season at Chelsea to turn in a strong performance. He set up Neymar’s first before surprising Croatia keeper Stipe Pletikosa late on to seal victory. Ivan Perisic was Croatia’s best performer.
What’s happening today?
A triple-header of games kicks off with Mexico and Cameroon, the other teams in Brazil’s group, facing off at 5pm (UK time). The day’s best game on paper will be the Group B clash between Holland and Spain at 8pm. Ex-Everton man Tim Cahill gets his third World Cup campaign underway at 11pm with a tricky-looking tie for Australia against Chile, also in Group B.
Who should I be looking out for?
The aforementioned Cahill could join an elite group of players who have scored in three World Cups if he notches for the Socceroos.
Spain-Holland contains any number of potential matchwinners but all eyes will be on Diego Costa after his injury battles and apparent impending move to the Premier League.
The Cameroon-Mexico encounter could pit two strikers with league campaigns to forget against each other. Samuel Etoo remains the Indomitable Lions’ talisman while Javier Hernandez has an international goalscoring record of better than a goal per game.