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Opinion, by Robbie Blakeley

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil got the job done in their World Cup opener against Croatia last Thursday at the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo, but it was far from pretty. The 3-1 scoreline suggests on paper a level of comfort that was hardly experienced by the players or the millions supporting the Seleção on television screens across the land.

True, Brazil found the stomach for the fight after falling behind . . .

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