Despite a 3-1 win last night against Croatia in the opening match of the World Cup, the decisions made by referee Yuichi Nishmura have caused uproar in the Croatia camp.
It was inevitable that the opening match of this highly anticipated tournament would stir up some problems but after a match full of questionable decisions it begs the question whether Brazil’s victory was down to just pure luck?
Brazil’s new poster boy Neymar da Silva Santos Junior saw himself at the forefront of all the action after scoring the equaliser and penalty to help Brazil secure the win undeniably proving he is able to perform under the pressure.
However, after an elbow challenge just moments before against Luka Modric the striker could have been potentially sent off which would have completely changed the game, instead he was only cautioned and the ref let play resume.
Not long into the second half we saw the most controversial decision of the match, after what looked like a deliberate dive from Brazilian striker Fred a penalty was immediately given. In a slightly less than spectacular shot from Neymar Brazil took a 2-1 lead.
Speaking after the match the Croatian players were not hesitant in expressing their haste towards the referee implying the game was fixed from the start.
Centre-back Corluka said: If this continues, I think no one should play against Brazil. We can just give them the World Cup and everyone can go home.”
“Nishimura shouldn’t be allowed to referee another game.”
The only moment in the match that seemed fair was Oscar’s toe punt that saw him gain a 3-1 lead for his team.
Although the final score implies Brazil thrashed Croatia this is untrue with the losing team putting on a good performance against the tournament favorites who looked a little less than impressive.
If England face Brazil later in the tournament they need to do so with an attacking attitude as their defence seemed to be rather sloppy last night, with them looking a tad threatened when under the attack.
With such drama from the very first match this World Cup is definitely not going to disappoint.
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