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The good and the great of the footballing world took to Twitter to experience the excitement, thrills, controversy and goals of the World Cup opening game between Brazil & Croatia

The eyes of the world descended on Sao Paulo for the start of the World Cup as football's greatest competition kicked off on Thursday.

The action began with a colourful opening ceremony before the main drama took over, with hosts Brazil taking on Croatia.

The match began in disastrous fashion for the Selecao, as Marcelo netted past his own keeper, but a double from Neymar and a late strike from Oscar sealed the win.

There was plenty of praise for the Barcelona star from his peers on Twitter, with almost every player glued to their TV screens to take in the World Cup opener. Check out the best of the remarks with the latest edition of Word on the Tweet...

WE ARE ONE... Pitbull and J.Lo get the party started
PAPAL SEAL OF APPROVAL... Even the Pope got involved
SPIDER OR SNAKE?... Boredom strikes in the Australia camp
WATCHING ON... National teams gather to soak up the opener
WE HAVE LIFT OFF... Neymar sends the crowd, and his peers, wild
SEALED WITH A KISS... Oscar grabs the third and Brazil claim victory

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