BY DARREN GOON Follow on Twitter
|MAN OF THE MATCH
Brazil 3-1 Croatia
Not for the first time, while Neymar will get all the headlines for his brace, Oscar was the main contributor to Brazil’s success, having had a hand in all three goals.
Starting as the central playmaker of the host nation’s attacking trident, he created Neymar’s first in the 29th minute after navigating his way past three Croatian midfielders. Drifting to the right in the second half, his accurate cross straight to Fred’s feet in the 69th resulted in a (contentious) penalty, converted by Neymar.
Imperious in the final third, Oscar also didn’t shirk his defensive duties, covering for Dani Alves with four successful tackles on the right flank, with a few vital interceptions thrown in as well in the middle.
The 22-year old sealed victory for Brazil with an audacious prod from outside the box in the 1st minute of added time after a quick counter-attack, to crown a commanding performance on his World Cup debut.