1. Brazil’s favorable officiating
Normally, many would view it very harsh on a sports official to blast him for one bad call. But Brazil vs. Croatia had three game-changing calls that all favored the host country. Brazil always has a history of receiving favorable calls, but that particular second half can be narrowed all the way down to poor officiating. Croatia played well and did not deserve a 3-1 loss. It will be interesting to see if these types of calls continue to go in Brazil’s favor.