Almost predictably, Neymar – the poster boy of the 2014 World Cup – kicked off Brazil’s campaign with a match-winning performance to help down a resilient Croatian side 3-1 in Sao Paolo.
The Brazilians found themselves fall 1-0 down, due to an unfortunate own goal from Marcelo, but Neymar quickly struck back as his 25-yard effort trickled in off the post.
But there was much debate – both on ITV, and on social media – as to how much Croatia’s goalie, Stipe Pletikosa, was at fault for the goal.
While the shot was exceptionally well-placed, the Twitter world seemed split over as to what extent the ex-Tottenham man was really at fault for Neymar’s equaliser.
Here’s a small sample of the mixed reaction:
Finished watching DVR of Brazil/Croatia. Penalty call was bad, but Croatia GK Pletikosa should have saved 1st & 3rd Brazil goals. Sorry.
— Michael Huber (@michael_j_huber) June 13, 2014
Croatia can bemoan bad luck and worse refereeing decisions but Pletikosa could/should have kept out all three goals. #WorldCup2014
— Mark Elliott (@MarkLeeElliott) June 12, 2014
Bad goalkeeping, not a good goal. Softie from outside the box?? Pletikosa is wayyyy better than that. — Stephen Giannelli Jr (@sgiannelli_jr) June 12, 2014
Pletikosa didn’t have a bad game like people are making out. Done by two excellent goals and was just inches off saving an illegal penalty. — Davie Moore (@davieremixed) June 12, 2014
Feel bad for Pletikosa, had a great game, the defence let him down alot, along with the offence doing shit all
— Rakitić (@NickGreco9) June 12, 2014
What do you reckon? Good shot? Or bad keeping?