Friday, June 22, 2018
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A stirring start to Cup

After seven years of waiting and a record $11.5 billion worth of preparations, Brazil had an emotional start to the World Cup with a tense 3-1 victory over Croatia on Thursday. On what was declared a holiday in Brazil, fans began arriving at Arena Corinthians by the thousands more than six hours before kickoff. Most came without tickets, just wanting to be near the first World Cup game in Brazil in 64 years. Some fans came to protest the cost. Neymar (above front, with Hulk) nearly broke down during the national anthem, then scored twice. Brazil took the lead for good on Neymar's penalty kick after a controversial foul called when forward Fred was knocked down in the box. Croatian coach Niko Kovac said the call was "shameful.'' Coverage, 3C

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