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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho helped Brazil to a win on the opening night of the World Cup
1:30am Saturday 14th June 2014 in Sport
Spurs midfielder Paulinho was part of the Brazil side which opened the World Cup with a 3-1 win against Croatia on Thursday evening.
The 25-year-old played the first 63 minutes for the Selecao before being replaced by Lazio's Hernanes.
Hosts Brazil fell behind when Marcelo put through his own net early on but a brace from Neymar put Luiz Felipe Scolari's side in front with 19 minutes to go.
Chelsea midfielder Oscar then added a third for Brazil, who benefited from some controversial officiating at the Maracana.
On Friday, Benoit Assou-Ekotto was part of the Cameroon side beaten 1-0 by Mexico.
Group A's two other teams met on Friday afternoon and Assou-Ekotto - who spent last season on loan at Queens Park Rangers - played the full 90 minutes.
Oribe Peralta scored the decisive goal for a Mexican side which included for Spurs attacker Giovani Dos Santos.
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