Brazil v Croatia: Marcelo scores the first goal of the 2014 World Cup...for Croatia

Real Madrid left-back scored an own goal in the 11th minute in Sao Paulo

James Orr
Thursday 12 June 2014 22:43
Comments
Marcelo deflects the ball past Julio Cesar to open the scoring for Croatia
Marcelo deflects the ball past Julio Cesar to open the scoring for Croatia

The first goal of the 2014 World Cup has been scored by a Brazilian in Brazil's opening match against Croatia, but not in the way the hosts would have hoped.

Marcelo, the Brazil left-back, opened the scoring with an own goal in the 11th minute, when he directed Ivica Olic's cross into his past goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

It was the first time in World Cup history that the first goal of the tournament was an own goal. It was also the first time Brazil ever scored an own goal in a World Cup match.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in