Brazil didn't expect to start the 2014 World Cup this way.
The host country scored an own goal after defender Marcelo tried to deflect a cross by Croatia's Ivica Olic in the first game of the tournament.
It was a historic moment which marked the second time that a World Cup host nation has conceded an own goal, Slate reported. Mexico was the last country to do so in 1970.
Luckily for Marcelo, Neymar equalized and then took the lead later in the game, but that didn't stop social media users from relentlessly mocking the defender on Twitter.
marcelo right now😂😭 pic.twitter.com/n6KkcK7CTa— blonde bimbo (@_rachkitcat) June 12, 2014
Having launched our own private investigation we have concluded that the Marcelo goal shouldn't of been given. pic.twitter.com/xeSzbICZ4v— ForTheFans (@ForTheFansShow) June 12, 2014
David Luiz visibly furious with Marcelo after his own goal. pic.twitter.com/segcnJBvsi— Footy Stuff (@TheFootyStuff) June 12, 2014
brazil own goal pic.twitter.com/b8pMmlGLWk— ☣ ero-sennin ☣ (@CaptainKoolAid) June 12, 2014
Not everyone was having fun after the own goal, however. Twitter user @Marcello took plenty of flak when people thought his account belonged to the soccer player.
To all those hurling abuse at me for scoring an own goal, please re-direct your anger to @12MarceloV. Thank you— Marcello (@Marcello) June 12, 2014
I hope you die. @Marcello— Steve Maclean (@Koqology) June 12, 2014
Oh! What a nonesense player, @Marcello....— Abdullahi Lawali (@Abdullahi1775) June 12, 2014
.@Marcello why did u scor own goal.? Ur not soppsed to scor in dat one. defend it goddamit not scor I idiot— (@ForzaFriend) June 12, 2014
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