June 15, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) FIFA has appointed Cuneyt Cakir of Turkey to referee host nation Brazil's match against Mexico in Fortaleza on Tuesday.

Brazil's opening match in Group A, a 3-1 win over Croatia, saw the biggest refereeing controversy of the tournament.

Forward Fred got a penalty from Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura after slight contact from Croatia defender Dejan Lovren. Neymar scored from the spot for a decisive 2-1 lead.

FIFA also says Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez will begin his third World Cup by handling Belgium vs. Algeria on Tuesday. The Group H opener is in Belo Horizonte.

Nestor Pitana of Argentina will referee the other Group H match, Russia vs. South Korea in Cuiaba.

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