LIVE: Brazil 3 Croatia 1

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10:55pm

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10:55pm

All over - Brazil win, with a hint of controversy and a lot of poor goalkeeping.

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10:51pm

Lightning break - Croatia back off again and Oscar toe pokes a shot past Pletikosa, who is again slow to get down.

10:50pm

GOAL Oscar!

10:50pm

Perišić blasts one from the edge of the box, Julio Cesar beats it away

10:48pm

Modric cross from the right, Corluka doesn't get a good header in on goal.

10:47pm

Neymar shakes hands with the referee before jogging off to be replaced by Ramires.

10:46pm

Julio Cesar pushes away a bobbling shot from Modric. Croatia throwing everything at it now.

10:43pm

Croatia have the ball in the net but the referee has ruled it out. No idea why. This ref has not had the most solid of games...

10:40pm

10:36pm

Luiz gets on the end of an excellent cross from Oscar - heads over the top. Neymar was on for his hat-trick unmarked behind him.

10:33pm

"It's a good height for a keeper,"  says Clive Tyldesley. Evidently not.

10:31pm

Goalkeeper should have done better. Almost palmed the ball into the net.

10:30pm

Goal - just...

10:30pm

It's Neymar to take.

10:29pm

I don't think that has ever been a penalty...

10:29pm

Lovren booked for a pull on Fred

10:28pm

Penalty to Brazil

10:28pm

So that's Fred and Bernard on the pitch for Brazil?

10:26pm

Alves blasts a free kick but it dips over the bar.

10:25pm

Very poor from the Croatians there. Lucky Neymar delayed his pass.

10:25pm

Corluka booked for a foul on Fred.

10:22pm

Croatian midfield asserting itself much more in this second half. Keeping the ball well.

10:17pm

Big Phil goes down in my estimation with the fake yellow card nonsense.

10:13pm

Hasn't really had the same zip so far in the second half. Pace has slowed.

10:11pm

Oscar really has worked hard for Brazil.

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10:05pm

Who's Brazil's biggest threat? says Adrian Chiles.

Neymar, obviously says Lee Dixon, filling the hatred void vacated by Roy Keane.

9:55pm

Patrick Vieira's head is almost perfectly spherical. Quite amazing.

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9:47pm

Hulk hasn't been that incredible either this first 45 minutes.

9:45pm

Referee doing an excellent impression of Banksy.

9:43pm

Yes! The paint!

9:42pm

Rakitic, by contrast, hasn't had a great first half.

9:42pm

Vrsaljko has impressed me so far. Not so much that I fancied typing his name that much, but he has played well.

9:39pm

Game over if Brazil score before half time. Croatia look like they are panicking a little bit.

9:33pm

How expensive does that Jelavic missed header look now?

9:32pm

9:31pm

Cue shots of nubile young Brazilian women celebrating.

9:31pm

Scuffed his shot - but Brazil were so quick on the break. Off the post and in.

9:30pm

Equaliser - Neymar!

9:30pm

Julio Cesar makes a save from Jelavic - another good chance for the Croatians.

9:29pm

9:28pm

Neymar for an arm on Modric.

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9:24pm

Oscar has a shot beaten away after Neymar had done brilliantly to get to the byline on the right. Brazil seem to be finding their feet.

9:22pm

Reports from some of the journos over there that half the floodlights have failed at the Sao Paulo Stadium. You can't really tell.

9:20pm

Brazilian back four looking as comfortable as ever, I see...

9:17pm

Would you believe that is Brazil's first-ever World Cup own goal!

9:15pm

9:14pm

Well there goes the dull 0-0 draw - Brazil have got to start playing now.

9:13pm

Rakitic's low cross from the right, it runs through Jelavic and Marcelo can't do anything but prod it over the line.

9:12pm

Own goal - Marcelo! Disaster!

9:11pm

Paulinho shot deflected - corner delayed whilst the referee has a word with a couple of players.

9:09pm

If I was playing for Croatia tonight, I'd be throwing that ball into the box at every opportunity.

9:09pm

Olic should have scored - headed wide at the far post.

9:07pm

Hair took the pace off the header from Luiz. Croatia would be gutted to concede from a set piece.

9:06pm

Anyone else really looking forward to seeing the vanishing free kick spray?

9:04pm

Quite like the little score graphic in the corner. Very neat.

9:03pm

9:02pm

Ah good, Andy Townsend. 

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9:01pm

Odds on a dove being involved in a dodgy disallowed goal? Where's Ray Winstone when you need him?

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8:57pm

Brazil's national anthem sounds like it was written by Gilbert and Sullivan

8:56pm

8:55pm

To reinterate my score prediction earlier - I'm going for 2-0 Brazil

8:53pm

Come on Clive - bit more hyperbole please!

8:52pm

I love that Croatia kit. Have a shirt myself with Prosinecki on the back.

8:48pm

Adrian Chiles uses word hulaballoo +3pts

8:47pm

My Sky Plus was playing up - I couldn't rewind (once I'd decided to). Then I missed the replay. It's a period of my life I'd rather forget...

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8:40pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Beyond News Forum says

Quote Marc Illes - "I saw it - and spent the majority of the next day trying to get a screen grab!"

I spent about twenty seconds rewinding ya nut LMAO - that's too funny...

8:44pm

The host nation has never lost the opening game of a World Cup, I've just read.

8:43pm

Lee Dixon criticising cross-nationality in front of Patrick Vieira - born in Dakar, Senegal. First foot in mouth moment.

8:41pm

Run it off Neymar - your're in my Fantasy League side.

8:40pm

Fabio Cannavaro looks a bit like a Thunderbirds puppet. He's faring quite well so far, though.

8:39pm

Looking at that Brazil side, can't see where the goals are coming from...

8:33pm

Senegal - and Dioufy - beating France next. I remember I was at a press conference at Bury as they came out of administration when that game was on.

8:32pm

Ah, highlights of Argentina v Cameroon - magnificent game.

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8:30pm

I saw it - and spent the majority of the next day trying to get a screen grab!

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8:25pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Beyond News Forum says

I suppose COYWM is valid for the England Squad.

Anyone see the BWFC flag about 20 seconds into half time against Ecuador?

8:25pm

Half an hour to go before kick-off in the first game and ITV coverage already starting to get on my goat...

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6:45pm

Wanderers have announced a few extra details for the pre-season tour, including the news you can pay on the day in all three games. Read their story here.

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5:28pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Balboa says

I am putting a tenner on Ivan Klasnic, first scorer tonight. Can't go wrong, huh?!

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4:25pm Thu 12 Jun 14

J J J J says

Cesc Fabregas would have been better going back to arsenal in my opinion but if he didn't have the option then fair enough, decent little player. Can still see him excelling at Chelsea, along with one of our own in Gary Cahill

5:04pm

4:25pm Thu 12 Jun 14

howfenlad says

Bolton News on the ball again,
Quote:''Cahill broke into the international fold under Fabio Capello while still playing for Bolton, becoming the first representative of the club to score for England in 59 years – the previous being Ray Parry – when he netted against Bulgaria in 2011''
Would have loved to have seen Ray Parry score that one in 2011...lol

 

Think you've read that wrong mate..

5:02pm

Predictions for tonight's game? I think Brazil will win it quite comfortably - 2-0 with Neymar first goal.

5:00pm

One-time Wanderers target Lloyd Dyer has been signed by Watford.

5:00pm

Last tweet from Rob Hall responding to Chelsea's £27m capture of Cesc Fabregas, formerly of Arsenal, of course.

4:59pm

4:53pm

Had word from Wanderers that Fitzsimons will indeed sign, and be drafted initially into the Under-21 squad. 

4:52pm

4:18pm

Here's a link to our story on Ross Fitzsimons - the ex-Crystal Palace keeper who looks to be on his way to Wanderers.

4:15pm

From the England camp - Roy Hodgson has been dealt a boost as Danny Wellbeck trains with the rest of the players, giving him a fighting chance of facing Italy on Saturday.

4:06pm

The Bolton News: Francesc Fabregas

As if to try and steal Wanderers' thunder, Chelsea have announced the signing of Cesc Fabregas.

4:02pm

No confirmation from the football club, though, which is an important thing at this point. Could all be an elaborate ploy to make the timelime on my Wanderers Live blog...

4:01pm

3:55pm

So where does that leave Wanderers' goalkeepers? Andy Lonergan and Adam Bogdan both only have a year left, and Arran Lee-Barrett hasn't signed a deal for next season.

3:47pm

He has got first team experience - sitting on the bench 10 times in league and cup for the Eagles.

3:45pm

In total last season he played 11 games for Palace's Under-21s and conceded 22 goals.

3:40pm

OK - more on Wanderers' new signing, who has apparently announced his signing on Twitter by all accounts. 

Fitzsimons played on loan at Farnborough last season and previously had loan spells with Harrow Borough, Havant & Waterlooville and  Hendon.

He's 6ft tall and has a beard...

3:37pm

Meanwhile, David Edgar signs for Birmingham.

3:30pm

The lad in question is a goalkeeper from Crystal Palace who was on the fringes of the first team last season.

3:29pm

3:28pm

Honestly, you step away from one moment and Wanderers make a signing...

3:11pm

Something I have just spotted - Birmingham City have released a DVD of their 2-2 draw at the Reebok at the end of last season.

It was an emotional day for them and all that, but was there really room to celebrate??

3:01pm

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3:00pm

The Bolton News: Marcos Alonso

Just noticed a story in this morning's Daily Mail that claims West Ham wants former Wanderers full-back Marcos Alonso. Always assumed he would make his stay at Sunderland a permanent one after last season's loan from Fiorentina.

2:57pm

Bournemouth have made a second bid for Coventry's Callum Wilson. There were a few rumours down there that Eddie Howe might look at Marvin Sordell - but you would think that signing Wilson could only harm those chances.

2:56pm

Not much transfer activity at Wanderers at the moment. There has been a little flutter elsewhere, however, which might make the paper tomorrow.

2:55pm

Millwall on the verge of signing Yeovil defender Byron Webster.

1:28pm

Looks like Kagisho Dikgacoi has signed three year deal at Cardiff City. They are certainly investing heavily this summer after relegation.

1:27pm

That video showing Chungy making a complete fool of Demichelis, by the way...

1:25pm

 

Could use Chungy playing as well as he did against Argentina...

1:03pm

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How cool is that, by the way?

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12:15pm

OK, back to World Cup now and I'm asking who you think will be the star of the World Cup?

Can Lionel Messi finally shine on the biggest stage? Is Cristiano Ronaldo going to do the same? Or will Neymar fulfil his prophecy?

12:12pm

From what I am hearing at Wanderers, there hasn't been any further developments than the story we carried earlier this week.

12:09pm

The Bolton News: Brighton to sign out of favour Wanderers midfielder Keith Andrews

News out of Huddersfield is that the club could be widening its search after frustration in their quest to sign Keith Andrews from Wanderers.

12:07pm

Back in the saddle again after writing a long interview with Roy McFarland, which should be in the paper on Monday morning.

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10:36am Thu 12 Jun 14

Pat1992 says

I'm like a kid at christmas marc I've been singing all day and I have butterflies, genuinely have a great feeling about this world cup!! COME ON ENGLAND!!!!

10:21am

I promised yesterday to reveal my own Wanderers World Cup XI after asking for your input yesterday - here are the players I selected.

10:12am

The Bolton News:

And if you needed any reminder why Wanderers fans should get excited about the World Cup - I think we summed it up nicely on the back page today.

10:00am

Just in case you were wondering where Sao Paulo was...

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9:55am

I'm also on Twitter @MarcIles so if you're more of a 140 character type, then please contact me on there with your views.

9:54am

But we also want YOU to get involved. We have a comment facility on here - feel free to direct any Wanderers-related questions to me and I'll try to answer them as best as I can.

9:54am

I'll be blogging throughout the afternoon and bringing you as much news from Wanderers, the Championship and the World Cup as I can.

9:52am

It's the first game of the tournament this evening as hosts Brazil take on Croatia in Sao Paulo, 9pm our time.

9:50am

Good morning and happy World Cup!

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10:36am Thu 12 Jun 14

Pat1992 says...

I'm like a kid at christmas marc I've been singing all day and I have butterflies, genuinely have a great feeling about this world cup!! COME ON ENGLAND!!!!
I'm like a kid at christmas marc I've been singing all day and I have butterflies, genuinely have a great feeling about this world cup!! COME ON ENGLAND!!!! Pat1992
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4:25pm Thu 12 Jun 14

howfenlad says...

Bolton News on the ball again,
Quote:''Cahill broke into the international fold under Fabio Capello while still playing for Bolton, becoming the first representative of the club to score for England in 59 years – the previous being Ray Parry – when he netted against Bulgaria in 2011''
Would have loved to have seen Ray Parry score that one in 2011...lol
Bolton News on the ball again, Quote:''Cahill broke into the international fold under Fabio Capello while still playing for Bolton, becoming the first representative of the club to score for England in 59 years – the previous being Ray Parry – when he netted against Bulgaria in 2011'' Would have loved to have seen Ray Parry score that one in 2011...lol howfenlad
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4:25pm Thu 12 Jun 14

J J J J says...

Cesc Fabregas would have been better going back to arsenal in my opinion but if he didn't have the option then fair enough, decent little player. Can still see him excelling at Chelsea, along with one of our own in Gary Cahill
Cesc Fabregas would have been better going back to arsenal in my opinion but if he didn't have the option then fair enough, decent little player. Can still see him excelling at Chelsea, along with one of our own in Gary Cahill J J J J
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5:28pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Balboa says...

I am putting a tenner on Ivan Klasnic, first scorer tonight. Can't go wrong, huh?!
I am putting a tenner on Ivan Klasnic, first scorer tonight. Can't go wrong, huh?! Balboa
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8:25pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Beyond News Forum says...

I suppose COYWM is valid for the England Squad.

Anyone see the BWFC flag about 20 seconds into half time against Ecuador?
I suppose COYWM is valid for the England Squad. Anyone see the BWFC flag about 20 seconds into half time against Ecuador? Beyond News Forum
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8:40pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Quote Marc Illes - "I saw it - and spent the majority of the next day trying to get a screen grab!"

I spent about twenty seconds rewinding ya nut LMAO - that's too funny...
Quote Marc Illes - "I saw it - and spent the majority of the next day trying to get a screen grab!" I spent about twenty seconds rewinding ya nut LMAO - that's too funny... Beyond News Forum
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9:17am Fri 13 Jun 14

Comment777 says...

Cheating penalty creating Brazilians...
Cheating penalty creating Brazilians... Comment777
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