How Twitter reacted to the World Cup opener

By Cameron McMillan

Brazil's Neymar, left, scores his side's second goal from the penalty spot. Photo / AP
Brazil's Neymar, left, scores his side's second goal from the penalty spot. Photo / AP

The 2014 FIFA World Cup opened in Sao Paulo today with hosts Brazil taking on Croatia.

We picked out the best tweets to recap the action.

The home side were buzzing (this time without vuvuzelas) after a very emotional and rousing rendition of the Brazil national anthem.



Three white doves were released to officially open the tournament. According to reports only one made it out of the stadium.



Someone at Sky TV might want to check the 'Book of flags'.


Croatia took a shock 1-0 lead after Brazilian defender Marcelo bundled the ball back into his own net.

Photo / AP



Posterboy Neymar, the Sonny Bill of Brazil, scored the equaliser for the home side. Cue fireworks.

Photo / AP



New technology on show in the opener failed to impress viewers.




HALFTIME: BRAZIL 1 CROATIA 1

Not for the first time, a Twitter user had to deal with mistaken identity on a global scale.


The second half didn't have as much drama as the first....



...until Brazil got a dodgy penalty in the 70 minute when Fred hit the deck in the box.



Photo / AP


Was it a penalty? That's an overwhelming NO from Twitter.

FULLTIME: BRAZIL 3 CROATIA 1

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