The 5 Best Moments From Day 1 Of the World Cup


1. Celebrity U-Turn Of The Day

We were in a state of despair on Tuesday when the sad news broke: "Regretfully Jennifer Lopez will not be attending this year's World Cup opening ceremonies," said her representatives. Whatever would we do without the hip-shaking superstar at the World Cup opening shebang? But in a dramatic turn of events, the pre-tournament opening show went on, and J-Lo, reluctantly or otherwise, stole it.  

 2. Anthem Prolongation Of The Day

The world was watching on in anticipation, and the players delivered. Indeed, every single Brazil player sang loudly and proudly as the familiar tones of Hino Nacional Brasileiro rang out. But what was all the more remarkable was the voice of the fans inside the Itaquerão Stadium, who continued the national anthem through two additional verses. Just because they can, we suppose.

 3. Haircut-Related Sigh Of Relief Of The Day 

Shocking pictures were circulated on Twitter yesterday, showing everyone's favourite Sideshow Bob lookalike with a much less fun, much less original, much less recognisable buzz cut. Fortunately, footballing haircut connoisseurs the world over breathed a collective sigh of relief when the Brazil centre half emerged for the match, sporting his fully intact curly mop. Phew!

4. Scuff Of The Day

It may not have been the truest strike of his career, but in levelling proceedings on 28 minutes, Neymar proved he is the man for the big occasion; confirming himself as Brazil's veritable talisman and banishing the criticism he's endured since arriving in Barcelona last summer. Neymar grew as the game went on and became a willing runner as well as a tricky customer for Croatia to handle. Seldom is one single player the difference between two sides at this level, but the 22-year-old could lay genuine claim to being exactly that on this night.   

5. Toe Punt Of The Day

It came late but at a time when Brazil were under the cosh and feeling the pressure, Chelsea's Oscar followed in the footsteps of Romario and Ronaldo before him, by using the oft-maligned toe punt to devastating effect.    

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