In the last 50 years, the opening match of the World Cup has produced some memorable shocks - but not too many goals.
1966: England 0-0 Uruguay England's glorious triumph started with a whimper, a dull goalless draw with Uruguay. England were heavily criticised for their performance, but all was well that ended well: this was the only game they failed to win during the tournament.
1970: Mexico 0-0 Soviet Union Over 107,000 people went to the Azteca Stadium to see the opening game between the hosts and the Soviet Union. The result was another forgettable goalless draw, although both sides went on to reach the quarter-finals.
1974: Brazil 0-0 Yugoslavia Brazil's miserable defence of their crown began with - yes - a goalless draw. Jairzinho, who scored in every match in 1970, missed a great chance. Brazil struggled to get through the group, only pipping Scotland by virtue of scoring an extra goal against the minnows Zaire.
1978: West Germany 0-0 Poland The curse of the opening game continued with a fourth consecutive goalless draw, this time between the defending champions West Germany and Poland, who finished third four years earlier.
1982: Argentina 0-1 Belgium The first of the opening-night shocks that have become a feature of the modern era of the World Cup. Belgium swarmed all around Diego Maradona and nicked victory with a goal from Erwin Vandenbergh.
1986: Italy 1-1 Bulgaria The holders Italy were a shadow of their 1982 side, and a dull draw with a poor Bulgaria side set the tone for a campaign that ended in the second round. Alessandro Altobelli's crisp volley in the first half was followed by a late equaliser from Nasko Sirakov.
1990: Argentina 0-1 Cameroon The most famous opening game of all, and a shock for the ages. Kana Biyik was sent off, his brother Omam Biyik scored after a hideous error from the goalkeeper Nery Pumpido, and Cameroon ended with nine men after Benjamin Massing's never-to-be-forgotten foul on Claudio Caniggia.
1994: Germany 1-0 Bolivia USA 94 started with a penalty miss by Diana Ross and a scruffy victory for an ageing Germany side. Jurgen Klinsmann scored the only goal, while Bolivia's much-hyped Marco Etcheverry was sent off four minutes after coming on to the field.
1998: Brazil 2-1 Scotland Scotland added another chapter to their endless story of World Cup heartbreak. They played excellently against the holders Brazil but were beaten by Tom Boyd's unfortunate own-goal in the second half.
2002: France 0-1 Senegal France went into the 2002 tournament as reigning World and European champions, with an aura to match. But that aura was diminished considerably by the absence of the injured Zinedine Zidane and France, unthinkably, were eliminated without scoring a goal. Papa Bouba Diop, who would later do the rounds in English football, scored the only goal in one of the World Cup's greatest shocks.
2006: Germany 4-2 Costa Rica Germany's feelgood campaign began with a burst of goals on a balmy Friday evening. The best were long-range strikes from Philipp Lahm and Torsten Frings, while Paulo Wanchope scored twice for Costa Rica.
2010: South Africa 1-1 Mexico Siphiwe Tshabalala started South Africa's party with a spectacular goal, though that was as good as it got for the hosts. Rafael Marquez equalised for Mexico and South Africa became the first World Cup hosts to be eliminated in the opening round.