Dramatic dives of the World Cup

Drawing penalties is one of the oldest tricks in the soccer book. The opening match of the World Cup was shadowed by controversy over a dive that resulted in a penalty shot. Check out the World Cup’s most theatrical falls. These guys really know how to sell a tumble.

Spain's Costa and Netherlands Indi fight for the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador

Spain's Diego Costa (in white) and Netherlands Bruno Martins Indi (C) fight for the ball during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 13,2014. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)

Brazil's Neymar (L) helps Croatia's Luka Modric (C) after Neymar was shown the yellow card during their 2014 World Cup opening match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo

Brazil's Neymar (L) helps Croatia's Luka Modric (C) after Neymar was shown the yellow card during their 2014 World Cup opening match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)

Brazil's Neymar lies on the pitch after being fouled by Croatia's Corluka during their 2014 World Cup opening match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo

Brazil's Neymar lies on the pitch after being fouled by Croatia's Vedran Corluka (L) during their 2014 World Cup opening match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Corluka was shown a yellow card for the action REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Brazil's Neymar grimaces as he lies on the ground after being fouled by Croatia's Corluka during their 2014 World Cup opening match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo

Brazil's Neymar grimaces as he lies on the ground after being fouled by Croatia's Vedran Corluka (unseen) during their 2014 World Cup opening match at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)

Brazil's Fred, right, falls after making contact with Croatia's Dejan Lovren during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. At left is Croatia's Vedran Corluka

Brazil's Fred, right, falls after making contact with Croatia's Dejan Lovren during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. At left is Croatia's Vedran Corluka. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)