2014 World Cup Brazil: Brazil wows world with ceremony, wins opening match 3-1Updated: 2014-06-13 PM 3:59:24 (KST)
The opening ceremony epitomized the beauty and passion of the South American country.
The theme of the performance was nature, the people and the sport itself -- and for the finale, the ball in center split into a stage for pop singers Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez, who sang the official song, 'We Are One.'
In the opening match, the first goal of this year's World Cup came from the home team -- but it was an own goal by Marcelo on the 11th minute.
Brazilian playmaker Neymar equalized soon after though-- and he slotted home a controversially-awarded penalty in the second half to give Brazil the lead.
Oscar secured the victory with a long-range shot near the end to make it 3-1.
Three games are in the line-up for this Friday,. or early Saturday, Korea time.
Starting with Group A,.. Mexico kicks off the first game versus Cameroon at 1 p.m. in the city of Natal - that will be 1 a.m. on a Saturday morning here in Seoul.
And we have the Group B match, one of the most anticipated between Spain and the Netherlands.
They met in the final back in South Africa four years ago, with the Spaniards coming out on top and picking up the trophy for the first time.
Chile, another strong shot from the continent - will go against Australia at 6 p.m. at Cuiaba -- the same venue at which Korea will play their first match.
Song Ji-sun, Arirang News.
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