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Brazil hopes for smooth opener as tournament finally kicks off

Clashes reported hours before opening game
Friday, June 13, 2014 - 06:00

[SAO PAULO] After years of construction delays and budget overruns, the World Cup was set to kick off in Brazil this morning under a cloud of discontent at home even as happy foreign fans pour in for the tournament. Brazil's national team were to host Croatia in the opening match at a newly