In the end, the final score reflected what many expected to happen.
Brazil, the tournament favorites, defeated Croatia 3-1 in the opening match of the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo. Tricks, flicks and samba football reign supreme, right?
In truth, it was anything but.
Croatia provided stern opposition, even scoring the first goal early in the contest through a Marcelo own goal, but tired as the match progressed before succumbing to a defeat.
That said, if not for a very dubious penalty call that set the stage for Neymar to score his second goal of the day from the spot in the second half, this could have been a very disappointing day in South America's largest nation.
Oscar added a late marker to seal the deal.
Probably the correct result on the basis of play, but don't tell that to Niko Kovac and company, who proved that many were grossly underestimating them heading into the contest.
They will feel very confident of progressing from this group.
As for Brazil, Luiz Felipe Scolari will definitely have some concerns over the fragility of his defense, which looked vulnerable on more than one occasion.
Three points is three points, though, and there is still plenty of time for the hosts to get things together.
At the very least, the team's most important player is off to a great start.