Fans bring colour to World Cup opening

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Opening match delight for Brazil fans

The Fifa World Cup has kicked off with a colourful opening ceremony and a win for Brazil, much to the delight of the country's colourful and vibrant fans. See Gallery

The Fifa World Cup has kicked off in Brazil with the host nation beating Croatia 3-1 in the opening match.
With a colourful opening ceremony and thrilling match the fans had a lot to enjoy on the first day of the tournament. And the fans themselves brought colour and vibrancy to the proceedings with typical Brazilian flair.
Click or swipe to see colourful Brazil fans lighting up the opening day.

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Brazil celebrates

The opening match of the World Cup took place at the Arena de Sao Paolo and it was full of Brazilian yellow and green.

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Opening ceremony

A colourful opening ceremony was enjoyed by the fans before the match.

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Brazil support

Although there were some protests many Brazilians got behind their football team.

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Copacabana Beach

Fans also gathered on Copacabana Beach to watch the match on a big screen.

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A kiss for luck

Once the opening ceremony was over it was time for the football to start and this couple shared a good luck kiss before the match.

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Brazilian flair

Many Brazil fans brought their own unique style, colour and flair to the stadium or fan sites around the country.

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Excitement builds

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Wigs and glasses

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Whistle blower

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Kissing the trophy

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Melon heads

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A shock goal

Once the match got started, the Brazil fans were silenced early when Marcelo scored an own goal to give Croatia the lead.

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Croatia delight

That signalled delighted for Croatia fans.

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Brazil despair

It also brought anguish to Brazil fans.

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Disbelief

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A goal brings joy

Croatia's lead lasted less than 20 minutes and Neymar's equalising goal sparked delight among Brazil's fans.

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Relief all around

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Stadium delight

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Flags waving

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Brazil score again

With 20 minutes to go Brazil were awarded a penalty, which Neymar scored.

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Scenes of joy

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Yellow party

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Third goal

And with a late third goal from Oscar the fan party could really start.

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Party starts

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Here we go

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Big cheer

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A happy fan

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V for victory

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Joy on the beach

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Cheering the goal

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Fan delight

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Family fun

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Number one

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Bring on Mexico

With the first win accomplished Brazil will face Mexico next on June 17. Friday brings three matches, Mexico v Cameroon, Spain v Netherlands and Chile v Australia.