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World Cup Day 1

Day 1 of the World Cup in Brazil was marked by celebrations, protests and on-field action.

Brazil Soccer WCup Protests
Demonstrators burn a Brazilian flag during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Thursday, June, 12, 2014. The sign in the upper right reads in Portuguese "all politicians are thieves." People marched demanding better public services and protesting the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

Victor R. Caivano

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Soccer fans Elisabete Santos, left, from Sao Paulo, Brazil and Maria Santos, from Cantanhede, Portugal hold Portuguese flags while they wait for Portugal's bus after a training session, in Campinas, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Portugal plays in group G of the Brazil 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)

Paulo Duarte

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Brazilian residents in Spain cheer on their team during the first soccer match of World Cup between Brazil and Croatia, in Pamplona northern Spain, Thursday, June 12, 2014 (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Alvaro Barrientos

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Brazil's team poses before their group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Andre Penner

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A giant shirt "Castilho do Brasil Fan Club" is displayed during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

Shuji Kajiyama

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Spain national team warm up during an official training session the day before the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and the Netherlands at the Arena Ponte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Christophe Ena

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A woman stands at a window of a house near the Arena Ponte Nova stadium in Salvador, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Natacha Pisarenko

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A Brazil soccer fan covered in flowers and his nation's flag cheers inside the FIFA Fan fest area before the start of the World Cup soccer game between Brazil and Croatia on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Silvia Izquierdo

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Soccer fans from Chile and Colombia celebrate as they wait for the start of the World Cup soccer game between Brazil and Croatia inside the FIFA Fan fest area on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Silvia Izquierdo

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Croatia's Nikica Jelavic and Brazil's Marcelo chase the ball during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Ivan Sekretarev

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Brazil's Dani Alves and Croatia's Ivica Olic head the ball during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Ivan Sekretarev

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A Brazil soccer fan, right, jokes with a Croatia fan as they gather inside the FIFA Fan fest area to watch the World Cup soccer game between Brazil and Croatia on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Silvia Izquierdo

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Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 soccer World Cup ahead of the group A match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening match of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Frank Augstein

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Brazil Soccer WCup Protests
Protesters throw stones at police during a demonstration against the 2014 World Cup in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Thursday, June, 12, 2014. People marched demanding better public services and protesting the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

Victor R. Caivano

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US singer Jennifer Lopez, left, rapper Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte perform during the opening ceremony ahead of the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Kirsty Wigglesworth

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Brazil's Neymar, left, scores his side's first goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

Shuji Kajiyama

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Brazil WCup Protests
Brazilian riot policeman on horseback advance towards protesters after clashes erupted during a demonstration demanding better public services and against the World Cup costs in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Police clashed with anti-World-Cup protesters who were trying to block a road near the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match to the tournament. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

Dario Lopez-Mills

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Brazil's Neymar's image is displayed on a video screen as players are introduced before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Andre Penner

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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo leaves the pitch to put ice on his left knee after a training session, in Campinas, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Portugal plays in group G of the Brazil 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)

Paulo Duarte

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Spain's head coach Vicente Del Bosque controls the ball during an official training session the day before the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and the Netherlands at the Arena Ponte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Manu Fernandez

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Brazil's Neymar celebrates his goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Ivan Sekretarev

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Actors perform during the opening ceremony before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Andre Penner

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A Brazilian boy tries to kick a soccer ball at a residence area in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazil play Croatia in the opening match of the 2014 World Cup Thursday. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Lee Jin-man

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Brazil soccer fans wearing hats made of watermelons pose for a photo as they wait for the start of the World Cup soccer game between Brazil and Croatia inside the FIFA Fan fest area on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. The stars on the hat at left represent Brazil's previous five World Cup titles, and the other represents this year's possible sixth. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Silvia Izquierdo

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An actor performs during the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup at Itaquerao Stadium before the group A soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game in the tournament, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Frank Augstein

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A fan flashes a v-sign before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Ivan Sekretarev

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Actors perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup at Itaquerao Stadium before the group A soccer match between Brazil and Croatia in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Frank Augstein

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A spectator holds up a replica of the World Cup trophy before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Ivan Sekretarev

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Brazilian singer Claudia Lette, left, US singer Jennifer Lopez, right, rapper Pitbull, perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup ahead of the group A soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening match of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Frank Augstein

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A man takes a photo of Christ the Redeemer statue as it is lit with the colors of the 32 national teams that will take part on the World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The World Cup soccer tournament starts Thursday with Brazil facing Croatia in the opening match. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Leo Correa

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An actor performs during the opening ceremony before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Andre Penner

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Amaceo Jgussi wears a helmet topped with a replica of Brazil's Christ the Redeemer as he waits to enter Itaquerao Stadium for the World Cup opening soccer match in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Julio Cortez

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Actors perform during the opening ceremony ahead of the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Felipe Dana

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Croatia's Ivan Perisic, left, challenges Brazil's Hulk for the ball during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Felipe Dana

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Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte performs during the opening ceremony before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Ivan Sekretarev

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Brazil's Neymar, centre, races past Croatia defenders before scoring his sides first goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Felipe Dana

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Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte performs on stage during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Thanassis Stavrakis

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A soccer fan waits for the start of the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Felipe Dana

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Brazil WCup Protests
A protester returns a tear gas canister to police as he holds on to his camera during a demonstration demanding better public services and protesting the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazilian police clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

Nelson Antoine

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Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte, left, US singer Jennifer Lopez and rapper Pitbull perform during the opening ceremony ahead of the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Thanassis Stavrakis

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