Croatia manager Niko Kovac was left fuming over the performance of Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura in the World Cup's opening match against host nation Brazil. A controversial play involving Brazil's striker Fred ended with the hosts being awarded a penalty that would end up giving them the lead.
“The host may have an advantage. However, we are playing football and the rules of the game apply to both teams.
"FIFA’s slogan is 'Respect for both teams' and this is what we’re after ."