Croatia left fuming over Fred flop in Sao Paulo: how Stats Zone saw Brazil 3-1 Croatia

The host nation have never lost the opening game of a World Cup finals, but opponents Croatia weren't in Sao Paulo simply to make up the numbers.

Niko Kovac's men counter-attacked to good effect in the early stages, with Mateo Kovacic and Ivica Olic seeing efforts fly off target. And despite completing just 4 attacking third passes, the underdogs were ahead inside seven minutes.

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Gregg Davies

Gregg Davies is the Chief Sub Editor of FourFourTwo magazine, joining the team in January 2008 and spending seven years working on the website. He supports non-league behemoths Hereford and commentates on Bulls matches for Radio Hereford FC. His passions include chocolate hobnobs and attempting to shoehorn Ronnie Radford into any office conversation.