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David Luiz praises warm up games as vital to helping Brazil achieve opening World Cup win

David Luiz roars after Oscar scores Brazil's third
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David Luiz felt the warm up games Brazil played prior to the World Cup were crucial in helping them recover from a goal down to beat Croatia yesterday.

The host nation found themselves a goal down after just 11 minutes after abysmal defending forced Marcelo to put through his own net.

They had endured difficult moments in both friendly matches ahead of the World Cup against Panama and Serbia.

The soon-to-be Paris Saint-Germain defender believes those games helped prepare Brazil for everything.

David Luiz was quoted by AS and said: “The result was a portrait of the game. The warm up games gave us things to improve upon and be prepared for difficult matches like today.”

For Croatia’s goal, Luiz could have been questioned as he allowed Nikica Jelavić to ran across him and help put off Marcelo.

However, from the moment onwards the 27-year-old was excellent and made several crucial blocks and clearances to show his worth and delight the Brazil faithful.


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