Brazil opening marred by protests

Anti-World Cup protests erupted between angry fans and police at a metro station in Sao Paulo.

Riot policemen stand in position during an anti-World Cup protest ahead of the World Cup opening match on 12 June. Picture: AFP.

SAO PAULO - The opening of Brazil 2014 was marred by protests which erupted in Sao Paulo just hours before the event kicked off.

At a metro station close to the Arena de Sao Paulo, anti-World Cup protests erupted between angry fans and police.

What started out as singing fans catching a train to watch the opening of the tournament, quickly turned into a standoff between police and protesters.

Angry locals upset of their hosting of the the world cup attempted to jump the turnstiles and intimidate fans on route to the match.

Police were called in and formed a tight holding line using shields and batons to push the crowd, who had their faces covered in black masks, back.

Police were patient as protesters continued to taunt them and sang "no to the World Cup" for two hours.

The metro station was forced to shut down delaying fans trying to get to the match.


Brazil came from behind to beat Croatia 3-1 in the World Cup opening match on Thursday.

Neymar scored twice and the outstanding Oscar added a late third for the hosts.

The game tipped Brazil's way after a controversial penalty was awarded when Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura harshly ruled that Croatia skipper Dejan Lovren had hauled down Fred, when it clearly looked as though the Brazil striker threw himself to the ground.

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