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SAO PAULO, Brazil - Brazil took a 2-1 lead in the opening game of the World Cup when Neymar barely got in a penalty kick in the 71st minute.

How Brazil earned the penalty is all anyone will be talking about after the game.

Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura called a penalty for Brazil after Brazilian striker Fred flopped to the ground. He was barely touched by Croatian defender Dejan Lovren, then went tumbling to the ground.

Neymar's penalty was nearly saved, but it had enough power to get in past the keeper. Brazil ended up winning the match 3-1, after Oscar toe-poked home an insurance goal in the closing minutes.

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