From the Back Pages, June 13: Neymar scored twice and Oscar got another as Brazil came from behind to win

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Brazil have won the opening game of their own World Cup, with a victory that was slightly fortuitous and nowhere near as convincing as the scoreline suggests. (The Guardian)

Chaos surrounds England’s opening game of the World Cup with fears about the state of the pitch and the dressing rooms here in Manaus. (The Mirror)

Reports in Italy this week claim Puma will help Arsenal to sign Mario Balotelli from AC Milan. The striker is sponsored by Puma, who also announced a partnership with Arsenal in January. (Daily Mail)

Cesc Fàbregas risked angering fans of his new club after completing a move to Chelsea for £29.5 million last night when he appeared to regret being denied the chance of a return to Arsenal. (The Times)

Manchester United have made Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger their top summer target, after new manager Louis van Gaal dismissed the ground work that David Moyes undertook in his pursuit of the 29-year-old’s fellow German Toni Kroos. (The Independent)

ARSENAL are looking to appease irate fans by making a move for Gremio starlet Bressan after missing out on Chelsea-bound Cesc Fabregas. (The Express)

Progress, after the heavy fall England suffered during the winter, often begins with small steps, and it was Joe Root, a batsman who has endured his own problems with footwork, who supplied them with a third Test hundred. Root’s unbeaten 102 was not a lone act of defiance after England’s shaky start, and Matt Prior, Ian Bell and Moeen Ali, the last on debut, made handsome contributions of 76 not out, 56 and 48 respectively as England racked up 344 for five at a sun-kissed Lord’s. (The Telegraph)