Lothar Matthaeus scored twice as West Germany defeated Yugoslavia, 4-1, yesterday in their World Cup opening game in Milan.

The West Germans are tied for the Group D lead with Colombia.

Matthaeus, the team captain, scored with a left-foot curling shot in the 28th minute. He had a powerful right-foot score from 26 yards in the 65th minute.

Juergen Klinsmann scored in the 39th minute with a diving header. Rudi Voeller completed the West German scoring in the 71st minute by taking defender Andreas Brehme's crossing pass and pushing the ball by goalie Tomislav Ivkovic.

Trailing by 2-0, Yugoslavia got a goal on a header from Davor Jovic in the 55th minute.

Matthaeus and Klinsmann performed in the stadium of Inter Milan, their club team, where some 20,000 West German fans celebrated the win.

After taking a 4-1 lead West Germany controlled the rest of the match, never giving Yugoslavia and playmaker Dragan Stojkovic a chance.

Matthaeus broke open a hard-fought first half in the 28th minute with a curling left-foot drive from 24 yards out on a long pass from Stefan Reuter.

Eleven minutes later Brehme floated in a cross from the left and Klinsmann dove forward to meet it with a glancing header.

Brazil 2, Sweden 1: In Turin, star striker Careca scored once in each half in an opening-round Group C match.

Brazil, a three-time World Cup champion seeking its first title since 1970, outplayed Sweden for long periods of both halfs.

Careca opened the scoring in the 41st minute, circling around goalkeeper Thomas Ravelli after a long lead pass from Branco. He struck again in the 62nd minute, steering in a precise cross from Muller.

Tommy Brolin scored for Sweden in the 79th minute, turning in the penalty area to shoot past goalie Claudio Taffarel.

Sweden created a series of chances late in the game, but could not convert any of them.

Brazil dominated possession in the first half, but could not score until four minutes remained.

The Swedes were far more dangerous in the second half, twice forcing early saves from Taffarel.