Before the match begins the players line up round the center circle, and three doves are released to symbolize peace. Even the birds are warmly applauded. Now, we're all set....
Brazil 0-0 Croatia (4 mins)
It's a predictably frantic opening few minutes, Kovacic firing wide with the first attempt on goal. Neymar's first touch is cheered but then Luiz is forced to clear from a dangerous Olic cross.
Brazil 0-0 Croatia (6 mins)
A free-kick to Brazil on the left flank is whipped in by Marcelo and after it is nodded back across goal, Luiz gets a header in that bounces gently into Pletikosa's grateful clutches.
Brazil 0-0 Croatia (8 mins)
What a scare for Brazil! Olic really should score with a header from Perisic's brilliant right-wing. cross. Cesar was scrambling but it flashes past the post. Croatia have started the brighter here.
Brazil 0-1 Croatia (11 mins)
Disaster for the hosts! A low ball from the left by Olic is scuffed by Jelavic but his effort flicks off Marcelo and flashes into the net. The hosts are behind inside 15 minutes of the World Cup. That was not in the script. How will they react?
Brazil 0-1 Croatia (15 mins)
Nearly an equalizer for Brazil as Oscar swings in a delicious cross from the right -- the sort you'd want to ask out for a date -- but a sprawling Neymar can't get anything on it at the back post. That has livened the crowd up a little after they went quiet in the aftermath of Croatia's opener.
Brazil 0-1 Croatia (21 mins)
Still a rather subdued atmosphere inside the stadium, despite a flurry of Brazilian attacks. The home side are pressing forward but Croatia look dangerous on the break. Just as I say that Paulinho is played in by Oscar but his shot is right at Pletikosa.
Brazil 0-1 Croatia (23 mins)
That's more like it from Brazil and Neymar was at the heart of it; he dances past Rakitic and gets to the byline, his cross is cleared but then Oscar returns it with interest from 20 yards out -- Pletikosa hurling himself across goal to save. Hulk then blazes over.
Brazil 0-1 Croatia (28 mins)
Neymar, the golden boy of Brazil, is booked as his arm catches Modric. They were both looking at the ball as it sailed towards them. Croatia's players argue it should have been red, Brazil's players respond and we have our first slice of needless World Cup shoving.
Brazil 1-1 Croatia (29 mins)
It has taken less than half an hour for Brazil's main man to make his mark. Neymar picks the ball up 40 yards from goal and drives to the edge of the box before firing a shot in off the post. A nation rejoices -- they are back on terms thanks to Neymar's 32nd goal for his country.
Brazil 1-1 Croatia (34 mins)
Well, we've matched the tally from the opening match in the 2010 World Cup inside the opening half an hour in Brazil. Both sides still going for it. Expect more net bulges.
Brazil 1-1 Croatia (38 mins)
The Brazil coach -- 'Big' Phil Scolari -- is up to his usual tricks on the touchline, berating the officials when he perceives them to have made a mistake. He looks exactly like Gene Hackman in the right light, don't you think? Pic to follow...