Brazil claims win over Croatia; refs already in spotlight

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Updated: 6/12/2014 3:34 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) -- One game into the World Cup, and the referees are already receiving unwanted attention.

Brazil took the lead for good in the second half Thursday after striker Fred went down inside the area under light contact in the 71st minute. Neymar scored on the penalty to put the host country up 2-1.

Croatia later had a potential tying goal nullified in the 83rd minute after the referee called a foul by Ivica Olic on Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

Oscar's goal in injury time for the final 3-1 score took a bit of pressure off the refs.
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