The mistake came in the 11th minute after Ivica Olic found space on the left to put in a teasing cross which Croatia team mate Nikica Jelavic misdirected and the unfortunate Marcelo bundled the ball past his own goalkeeper.
The hosts have never lost their opening game at a World Cup. The last time an own goal was scored in the opening game of a World Cup finals was in 1998, when Scotland's Tom Boyd scored in his own net to give Brazil a 2-1 win in France. (Reporting by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Ken Ferris)
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