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Images from the opening day of the 2014 World Cup

Protests, opening ceremonies and a match between Brazil and Croatia

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An anti-World Cup demonstrator, wearing a unicorn mask, attends a protest demanding better public services and protesting the money spent on the World Cup soccer tournament, in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014, just hours before the first World Cup match was to be played in Sao Paulo.

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An anti-government demonstrator dressed as Batman yells slogans accompanied by passengers on a bus, during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro June 12, 2014. Placard reads "We want to be the champions in healthcare, education and not just in football."

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A supporter of Brazil's national soccer team arrives for the opening match of the soccer World Cup between Brazil and Croatia at the Arena de Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.

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Brazilian fans poss before the 2014 World Cup opening match between Brazil and Croatia at the Corinthians arena in Sai Paulo June 12,2014.

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A spectator cheers 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.

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Performers dance during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.

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Performers are thrown into the air during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.

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Singers Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.

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Singers Claudia Leitte (C), Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull embrace as they perform during the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.

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Brazil's national soccer players sing the national anthem before their 2014 World Cup opening match against Croatia at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.

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The Croatian team pose for a group photo 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.

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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.

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Children prepare to release doves before the 2014 World Cup opening match between Brazil and Croatia at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.

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Brazil's David Luiz collides with a Croatian player 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.

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Brazil's Paulinho controls the ball ahead of Croatia's Luka Modric during their 2014 World Cup opening match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.

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Brazil's Marcelo eyes 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.

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Brazil's Neymar fights for the ball with Croatia's Ivan Rakitic during their 2014 World Cup opening match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.

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Brazil's Marcelo, left, tries to clear the ball but scores on his own 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.

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Brazil's Luiz Gustavo, right, is challenged by Croatia's Ivan Rakitic 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.

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Croatia's goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa fails to save the goal scored by Brazil's Neymar (unseen) during the 2014 World Cup opening match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.

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Brazil's Neymar celebrates with teammates after scoring 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.

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Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari (top, right) celebrates after Neymar scored a goal during the 2014 World Cup opening match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.

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Brazil's Oscar is fouled by Croatia's Sime Vrsaljko during their 2014 World Cup opening match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.

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In this photograph taken with a fisheye lens, a Brazil supporter reacts as Brazil players are announced before the World Cup opening match between Brazil and Croatia at Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014.

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Brazil's Thiago Silva, left, and Croatia's Ivica Olic battle 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.

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Brazil's Oscar, left, and Croatia's Mateo Kovacic, challenge 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.

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Croatia's Vedran Corluka takes down Brazil's Neymar 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.

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Brazil's Fred, centre, falls next to Croatia's Dejan Lovren, right, as Croatia's Vedran Corluka, left, watches during the group A World Cup soccer match in the opening game of the tournament at Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014.

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Croatia's Vedran Corluka is shown the yellow card by refree Yuichi Nishimura from Japan during their 2014 World Cup opening match against Brazil at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.

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Brazil's Neymar, left, scores his sides second goal from the penalty spot 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.

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Referee Yuichi Nishimura of Japan shows the yellow card to Croatia's Dejan Lovren for a foul on Brazil's Fred (unseen), during the 2014 World Cup opening match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.

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Referee Yuichi Nishimura from Japan, right, decides on penalty 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.

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Brazil's Luiz Gustavo fouls Croatia's Luka Modric during the 2014 World Cup opening match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014.

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