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World Cup day 1 recap/day 2 preview

A quick recap of day 1 and look ahead at day 2

Brazil was awarded what appeared to be a soft penalty
Brazil was awarded what appeared to be a soft penalty
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Day 1 recap

The World Cup finally kicked off Thursday with host nation Brazil facing Croatia in Group A. Brazil did not come out with their traditional flair and even seemed a bit out of sorts. Croatia put on the pressure and took the early lead when Brazil's Marcelo scored their first ever own goal in a World Cup in the 11th minute.

Neymar's rolling shot in the 29th minute was perfectly placed and slid in off the post to equalize and settle Brazil down a the same time. The home team started to play with more confidence but it was not until a soft penalty kick decision gave Neymar another goal in the 71st. Croatian keeper Stipe Pletikosa guessed correctly and got two hands on Neymar's shot but was unable to stop it.

With the lead Brazil was able to play with some more energy as Croatia needed to press to equalize resulting in a stoppage time goal by Oscar to cap the victory and set off celebrations around Brazil.

Day 2 preview

11 am - Mexico vs. Cameroon ESPN 2 Group A

Rounding out the opening round for Group A, both Mexico and Cameroon will be fighting for points hoping to finish second to Brazil. If either team loses they will have little chance of advancing still needing to face Brazil later on. Mexico will want to justify their place in the World Cup after backing in to the tournament thanks to Graham Zusi

2 pm - Spain vs. Netherlands ESPN Group B

Rematch of the last World Cup final may be the best match of the day. Neither team is what they were in 2010 but Spain is still a favorite and the Netherlands is a younger team but the Dutch will not only be looking for revenge but seeking points to advance.

5 pm - Chile vs. Australia ESPN 2 Group B

Chile is a clear favorite in this match and will be looking for a win with no injuries. The Aussies will be hoping for a lucky bounce or call in order to surprise their opponent.

Where will you be watching?

Watch parties for all matches at KC Power and Light district downtown, the Futbol Club KC, Johnny's Taverns and 810 Zone locations as well as others.

Day 2 open match thread to discuss all the action