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Croatia confident it can stun Brazil in opener with 'historic result'


Croatia's players run during an official training session the day before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) (The Associated Press)

A confident Croatia is ready to spoil Brazil's party in their World Cup opener and continue a tradition of first match upsets at the tournament.

With all the pressure on the host team, Croatia coach Niko Kovac said Wednesday that his team can deliver a "historic result" in Thursday's match in Sao Paulo.

Kovac acknowledged that Brazil is the clear favorite in the Group A game, but added that few teams would like to face his squad either.

He said "We are a tricky side and we will show that tomorrow."

Even a draw would significantly enhance Croatia's chances of advancing from a group that also includes Mexico and Cameroon.

In previous upsets, Senegal beat holder France in 2002 and fellow holder Argentina lost to Cameroon in 1990.

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