World Cup: Neymar at the double as hosts get off to flier

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Barcelona star Neymar scored twice as hosts Brazil got off to a winning start in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup.

Neymar’s double helped Brazil to a 3-1 win over Croatia, who took an early lead thanks to an own goal from Real Madrid star Marcelo, after Nikicia Jelavic’s miskick.

But the five-time winners drew level when Neymar netted from 25 yards, following Oscar’s powerful run.

Neymar then put his side ahead scored from the spot after Dejan Lovren was adjudged to have fouled Fred, despite video replays indicating that contact was minimal in the box.

And Chelsea star Oscar wrapped up victory in stoppage time.

Joe Hart, meanwhile, insists he has the mental fortitude to cope with being England’s number one at a World Cup.

“Goalkeeper is a position that requires mental strength,” Hart said.

“And if you don’t have it, there’s a good chance you’ll get trampled to the wayside. It’s a position where you need to be strong and focused.”

Manchester City goalkeeper Hart has been kept on his toes at both club and country, and knows that Costel Pantilimon, Ben Foster and Fraser Forster are all breathing down his neck: “I’ve got to keep working hard,” he said.

“City can potentially whoever they want, so I need to be at that level to keep my place.”