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:

What do you reckon? Good shot? Or bad keeping?

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