Bites, knees, shocks, beauty, bravery: 5 high (and low) lights of a most memorable World Cup

  • by: JOHN LEICESTER , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 12, 2014 - 11:30 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO — Marcelo looked wide-eyed, stunned when he scored the first goal of the World Cup ... against his own team. Hardly the most auspicious of starts for Brazil. But that blooper just 11 minutes into the tournament was soon forgiven and forgotten as Brazil went on to win that opening game and the 2014 World Cup quickly flowered into a roaring success, confounding doom and gloom merchants who predicted Brazil couldn't pull it off without major protests and problems.

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