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Pop star Jennifer Lopez and rapper Pitbull entertain crowd at World Cup opening ceremony

 Sao Paulo, Brazil: The greatest show on earth opens in Sao Paulo, with hosts and favourites Brazil taking on Croatia in World Cup 2014 opener. Stay with Indilens live blog to catch all the latest action.

Pop star Jennifer Lopez and rapper Pitbull entertain crowd at World Cup opening ceremony

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12:33 AMPerformers dance during the opening ceremony of the World Cup 2014 at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo. (Reuters Photo)

12:31 AMBrazilian singer Claudia Leitte (left), US singer Jennifer Lopez and rapper Pitbull (right) leave after performing during the World Cup 2014 opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo. (AP Photo)

12:28 AMPerformers dance during the opening ceremony of the World Cup 2014 at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo. (Reuters Photo)

12:26 AMA dancer performs during the opening ceremony of the World Cup 2014 at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo. (Reuters Photo)

12:22 AMSingers Claudia Leitte (left), Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull (right) perform during the World Cup 2014 opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo. (Reuters Photo)

12:10 AMPerformers take part in the opening ceremony of the World Cup 2014 at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo. (Reuters Photo)

12:08 AMPop star Jennifer Lopez and rapper Pitbull entertain the huge crowd at the World Cup 2014 opening ceremony

12:04 AMPerformers jump on a trampolin during the World Cup 2014 opening ceremony at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo. (Reuters Photo)

11:58 PMPerformers take part in the opening ceremony of the World Cup 2014 at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo. (AFP Photo)

11:55 PMPeople dressed as flowers take part in the opening ceremony of the World Cup 2014 at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo. (AFP Photo)

11:51 PMPerformers take part in the opening ceremony of the World Cup 2014 at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo. (AFP Photo)

11:46 PMWorld Cup 2014 kicks off with a glittering opening ceremony

11:41 PMA Brazilian fan waves her national flag before a Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo prior to the opening match of the World Cup 2014. (AFP Photo)

11:35 PMBrazilian fans embrace and hold a sign reading in Portuguese ‘Happy day of lovers’ before a Group A match between Brazil and Croatia at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo prior to the opening match of the World Cup 2014. (AFP Photo)

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10:54 PMPeople pose for pictures in front of the statue of the Christ the Redeemer on top of Corcovado hill in Rio de Janeiro. (AFP Photo)

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10:01 PM“It’s always a dream to play in a World Cup and to do so in Brazil, who have a very prestigious team that has always made a difference and always been favourites, you dream about wearing your country’s jersey and playing in a World Cup, and all the more if it’s in Brazil.”

– Sergio Ramos

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09:11 PM“It’s probably the best squad I’ve been involved in so it’s great to be a part of. I am looking forward to this tournament and the future with England because it certainly looks bright.”

– Wayne Rooney
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08:25 PMA supporter of Brazil’s national soccer team arrives for the opening match of the soccer World Cup between Brazil and Croatia at the Arena de Sao Paulo. (Reuters Photo)

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07:49 PM“I don’t want to be the best player. I don’t want to be the top goalscorer … Individually whatever has to happen will happen, but what I most want is to be a champion with my team.”

– Neymar
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06:59 PM“What I’m seeing more and more is the welcome given to the teams and the happiness of the Brazilian people with our team.”

– Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

06:54 PMSand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture of the national flags of Brazil and Croatia to mark the opening match of World Cup 2014 at Puri beach. (PTI Photo)

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