Fifa Worldcup, Brazil vs Croatia at Arena CorinthiansSao Paulo (BRA) 12 Jun 2014
Match scheduled to begin at 17:00 local time
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Referee: Yuichi NISHIMURA (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Toru SAGARA(JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Toshiyuki NAGI(JPN)
Fourth official: Alireza FAGHANI(IRN)

The game produced by the players today wasn't of the most attractive ones. It seems they haven't shown us their best. The home side were better today. The home team made a lot of passes and attempted to maintain possession. As for the away side, it's obvious that defence had the highest priority for them.

Nothing more will happen today, Yuichi Nishimura has blown his whistle and the game is over.
Luka Modrić (Croatia) unleashes a shot from 35 metres out but is unable to find the target, it goes high over the crossbar.
Oscar (Brazil) has picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue.

Oscar (Brazil) is writhing in pain. The referee calls for medical team, let's see whether he will be able to go on.

Oscar (Brazil) perfectly wriggles his way through two or three opponents, and he produces a low drive from the edge of the box which goes inside the left post. Wonderful goal!
Marcelo Brozović (Croatia) sends a close-range header after a rebound in a good direction, but is denied by one of the defenders. His bold save didn't let the score change.
Julio Cesar (Brazil) gets a well deserved ovation! He pulls off a remarkable save to block a long-range effort from Ivan Perisic (Croatia), aimed low to the middle of the target. Nice piece of goalkeeping skills.
There will be a minimum of 4 min. of added time.

Total number of attempts is 13:6.
What an opportunity! Vedran Ćorluka (Croatia) squanders a huge opportunity as he latches on to a perfect cross from the side, and produces a bullet header from around the penalty spot which goes just wide of the left post! The ball is out of the pitch and it's a goal kick for Brazil.

A substitution is prepared. Neymar (Brazil) is leaving the pitch, and Ramires (Brazil) is coming on as a substitute.

A yellow card for a tackle by Luiz Gustavo (Brazil). Yuichi Nishimura doesn't hesitate at all to make this decision.
Luka Modrić (Croatia) receives a pass and tries his luck with a shot from 30 metres out. The effort, which is aimed towards the bottom left corner, is denied by Julio Cesar (Brazil) who pulls off a decent save.
An offensive foul by Dejan Lovren (Croatia) was seen by Yuichi Nishimura who didn't hesitate to blow the whistle.

Corner kick. Ivan Rakitić (Croatia) will deliver the ball.
Ante Rebic (Croatia) didn't find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked. The ball leaves the pitch. Croatia have been awarded a corner kick.
Yuichi Nishimura blows his whistle and it is Ivica Olic (Croatia) who is penalised for an offensive foul. Good decision by the referee.

The resulting corner comes to nothing as Bernard (Brazil) sends it out of the pitch.
Neymar (Brazil) sends a pass which fails to reach any of his teammates. The assistant referee points to the corner flag, Brazil are going to take it.
Neymar (Brazil) sends a quick through ball into space for his teammate, who is lurking on the offside border, but one of the defenders intercepts and clears the danger.

Substitution. Nikica Jelavic (Croatia) will be replaced by Ante Rebic (Croatia).
David Luiz (Brazil) receives a lofted pass into the goal area and unleashes a dangerous header which sails narrowly wide of the left post! The ball is beyond the goal line and Croatia will have a goal kick.

This corner is not going into the box. Neymar (Brazil) decides to take it with a short pass.
Hernanes (Brazil) attempts to find a head of one of his teammates with a promising cross into the box. The defence manages to outjump the attacking players and to avert the threat. Brazil have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
Sime Vrsaljko (Croatia) seems to be alright and rejoins the game.

Sime Vrsaljko (Croatia) picked up an injury during the previous challenge. He needs a treament from the medical staff.
Oscar (Brazil) brings his opponent down with a tackle, and Yuichi Nishimura blows a whistle for a foul.

The resulting corner from Ivan Rakitić (Croatia) is cleared. The ball is out of the pitch and it's a goal kick for Brazil.
An unsuccessful cross into the box by Ivan Perisic (Croatia). The opponent's defence clears the ball away to safety. The main referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick. It will be taken by Croatia.

Neymar (Brazil) steps up and confidently directs the penalty into the left side of the goal!

Yuichi Nishimura shows the yellow card to Dejan Lovren (Croatia) for a heavy challenge. A penalty for a foul is awarded to Brazil.

It's time to substitute. Hulk (Brazil) can't go any further and leaves the pitch. Bernard (Brazil) is taking his place.
Dani Alves (Brazil) takes the free kick and unleashes a strong shot from mid-range. Unfortunately for him, the ball curls inches over the crossbar. What a squandered chance! The ball is beyond the goal line and Croatia will have a goal kick.
Brazil gets a free kick opportunity.

Vedran Ćorluka (Croatia) has tested the patience of referee Yuichi Nishimura and goes into the book for a previous late challenge.
A clumsy foul by Marcelo Brozović (Croatia). Yuichi Nishimura blows the whistle.
Like an avalanche. Nikica Jelavic (Croatia) is penalised for his attacking foul. Yuichi Nishimura has a clear vision and blows the whistle. Nikica Jelavic (Croatia) is arguing, but the referee's decision cannot be changed.

Substitution. Hernanes (Brazil) receives a signal from the referee and is now allowed to enter the pitch as Paulinho (Brazil) walks off.
Luiz Gustavo (Brazil) with a rough challenge, Yuichi Nishimura blows his whistle for a foul.
Croatia hold the ball and display nice passing from player to player. Their movement didn't last so long as they lost the ball.

It will be the substitution. Marcelo Brozović (Croatia) is ready to enter the pitch as Mateo Kovacić (Croatia) walks off.
Ivica Olic (Croatia) attempts to find his teammate with a pass from outside the box, but the opposition's defence is quick to react and thwarts the attack.
Darijo Srna (Croatia) commits a rough foul. Yuichi Nishimura stops the game and makes a call.
Ivan Perisic (Croatia) carelessly plunged himself under the feet of his opponent and couldn't expect to avoid punishment. This time, Yuichi Nishimura keeps the cards in his pocket, but he blows for the foul.
Ivan Perisic (Croatia) receives a pass and decides to smash the ball from long range. His poor effort sails high over the bar.
Sime Vrsaljko (Croatia) is penalised for tripping, a poor challenge. Yuichi Nishimura, blowing his whistle for a foul, makes it clear he won't tolerate such behaviour.
Ivica Olic (Croatia) probably handled the ball.
Paulinho (Brazil) is on the ball and tries to beat his opponnent. He does it, but his run is stopped by the referee Yuichi Nishimura who sees an offensive foul.
Neymar (Brazil) takes the free kick and sends the ball into the penalty area, but the opposition's defence is ready.
Sime Vrsaljko (Croatia) tackles a bit over-zealously. Yuichi Nishimura blows for a foul against his team. Brazil will take a free kick nearby the side line.
Dani Alves (Brazil) whips a promising cross into the box, but the opposition's defence intercepts the ball. The assistant referee signals a throw-in for Brazil.
Long passes, short passes and one-two passes. Brazil are showcasing great team work by keeping possession and producing pin-point passes from player to player. For the opposition's players it's very difficult to intercept at the moment.

Referee Yuichi Nishimura blows his whistle to start the second half.
Plenty of entertaiment during the first 45 minutes, great half of football. We hope that there will be no decrease in the second period. The performances of both teams are not even, the hosting side dictates the tempo. The home side display their usual fluent passing, while the visitors use the organization to stop the build up and launch the counter-attack.

There will be nothing more to see in the first half. The whistle blowing of Yuichi Nishimura has ended it.
Yuichi Nishimura interrupts the game. It was a tactical foul from Nikica Jelavic (Croatia).
2 additional min. will be played.
Hulk (Brazil) misses a big chance from inside the 6-yard box after the ball rebounded to him. He fires the ball high over the crossbar.
Yuichi Nishimura blows the whistle. Dejan Lovren (Croatia) commits a foul after a dangerous play.
Frederico Fred (Brazil) hasn't beaten the opposition's offside trap, but has to be mentioned that it was a really tight offside.

Neymar (Brazil) works the corner short.
This free kick couldn't give the goalkeeper anything to worry about. Neymar (Brazil) smashed the ball from the edge of the box straight in the defensive wall. Brazil earn a corner.
Ivan Rakitić (Croatia) should know this behaviour is beyond the rules. He was too careless with his challenge and made Yuichi Nishimura blow the whistle. Brazil are awarded a free kick.
Dani Alves (Brazil) tries his luck with a long-range strike, but it is blocked by a defender.
Paulinho (Brazil) almost got himself in a promising opportunity, but the pass from Oscar (Brazil) was intercepted by one of the defending players.
Darijo Srna (Croatia) violates the rules with his agressive tackle, and Yuichi Nishimura is given no other option than to signal for a set piece.
Croatia keep the ball and are exchanging a combination of passes. They are waiting for the right moment to find a gap through the defence.
Oscar (Brazil) sends a killer pass from the edge of the box. One of the defenders reacts at the last minute and thwarts his effort. The ball is out of bounds. Croatia will have a throw-in.

Ivan Rakitić (Croatia) steps up to take the corner, but the ball sails only among the defenders.
Ivan Perisic (Croatia) attempts to send a cross in order to find one of his teammates. The opposition's defence averts the danger by intercepting the effort. The ball is out of bounds. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Croatia.

Stipe Pletikosa (Croatia) leaps up to collect the ball from the corner which was sent by Neymar (Brazil).
Hulk (Brazil) slips past one challenge, but is unable to feed a low pass into the path of his teammates. The ball is out of play, and the assistant referee points at the corner flag. Brazil will take it.
Brazil slow the tempo of the game down by exchanging a combination of one to two touch passes. For the opposition's players it's very difficult at the moment, very physically demanding to run without the ball.

Neymar (Brazil) unleashes a dangerous strike from 20 metres after his wonderful solo run. He sends the ball off the post into the bottom right corner, beating Stipe Pletikosa (Croatia).
Nikica Jelavic (Croatia) jumps high to meet a cross and releases a promising header from close range. His nice effort, aimed under the crossbar, is denied by Julio Cesar (Brazil) who makes a glorious save!
Darijo Srna (Croatia) swings in a promising cross from the free kick, but one of the defenders does a perfect job to avert the danger.
A free kick from the side is awarded to Croatia. We can almost surely expect a cross into the box.

Yuichi Nishimura shows a yellow card to Neymar (Brazil) for his blatant foul.
Ivan Perisic (Croatia) hasn't suffered any serious injury which wouldn't allow him to stay on the pitch. He's back in the game now.

The game is interrupted now, Ivan Perisic (Croatia) picks up a knock and the physio has to come.
Ivan Perisic (Croatia) committed an offensive foul and the referee Yuichi Nishimura immediately signals a set piece.
Hulk (Brazil) strikes the ball which had rebounded to him, but it goes well over the bar.
Oscar (Brazil) receives a rebounded ball far out and doesn't hesitate to release a goal-bound hammer of a shot. His attempt is precise and goes in the direction of the left post. It would have probably ended in the back of the net if it wasn't for Stipe Pletikosa (Croatia) and his brilliant save.
Marcelo (Brazil) sends a pass into the box, but his attempt is thwarted and cleared.
Stipe Pletikosa (Croatia) pulls off a great save to deny Paulinho (Brazil) who makes himself some space inside the box and unleashes a quick shot towards the middle of the goal.

Neymar (Brazil) fails to deliver a decent cross from the corner. His effort ends out of bounds.
Oscar (Brazil) can't slip the ball through and the move breaks down. It will be a corner kick for Brazil.
Dani Alves (Brazil) is able to continue with an attacking effort as he latches on to a beautiful defence-splitting lofted pass, which was sent by Thiago Silva (Brazil). Dani Alves (Brazil) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted.

Nothing comes of the resulting corner from Neymar (Brazil). The defence is alert and manages to cut it out.
Neymar (Brazil) gets on the end of a pass and takes a shot from the edge of the box, but it's blocked by one of the defending players. Brazil have been awarded a corner kick.
Oscar (Brazil) put a cross into the box which wasn't a bad decision, but he failed to achieve what he wanted as none of his teammates managed to meet it. The ball is out of the pitch and it's a goal kick for Croatia.

This is a pitiful situation indeed. Marcelo (Brazil) suffers a good deal of misfortune as he accidentally puts a pass which went to one of the attacking players in his own net. The score changes to 0:1.

Neymar (Brazil) floats the ball in from the corner which is intercepted.
Paulinho (Brazil) has an effort from distance but it is blocked. The ball goes out for a corner. Brazil can continue in their attacking effort.
Ivan Rakitić (Croatia) acted too fiercely in his attempt to get the ball from his opponent, and Yuichi Nishimura makes a call.
Ivan Perisic (Croatia) used excessive force in order to win the ball from his opponent. Yuichi Nishimura saw it and didn't hesitate to make a call.
A precise cross, aimed towards the area of the penalty spot, was gathered by Ivica Olic (Croatia). He outjumped the defence and produced a decent header which went by a whisker wide of the left post. The ball is beyond the goal line and Brazil will have a goal kick.
David Luiz (Brazil) rises above the defending players and places his hard towering header to the middle of the goal, but Stipe Pletikosa (Croatia) is prepared to thwart his effort.
Vedran Ćorluka (Croatia) didn't keep his cool as he made a harsh challenge, and Yuichi Nishimura makes a call, of course. There is a free kick near the sideline to Brazil.
Brazil seem to be finding their feet as they enjoy some possession. Great movement by offensive players allows those more defensive to build up the attack.
Dani Alves (Brazil) sends a cross into the box. However, the opponent's defence eliminates the danger by clearing the ball out.
What an opportunity! Mateo Kovacić (Croatia) picked the ball up and fired a projectile of a shot from long range which threatened the goalkeeper. The shot went painfully close to the left post! The ball is out of the pitch and it's a goal kick for Brazil.

The first half of today's match is starting right now.

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