Brazil’s last chance to redeem some pride was ruined by Dutch side in third place playoff. Goals from Robin van Persie, Daley Blind and Georginio Wijnaldum helped the Dutchmen to seal the third place in FIFA World Cup 2014. This 3-nil defeat was Brazil’s second defeat in a row followed by a 7-1 against Germany.
Robin van Persie scored a third-minute penalty for the Dutch after Thiago Silva’s foul on Arjen Robben inside the area. Daley Blind scored in the 16th minute and gave two goals lead. Oscar created numerous chances, but unable to convert those half chances. Holland added a late goal from Georginio Wijnaldum in stoppage time.
There have been 170 goals scored at this World Cup which is just one shot than the highest tally of 171 from the 1998 finals.
Louis van Gaal signed off as Netherlands head coach with 3-0 victory against the FIFA World Cup host’s and takes his new role as Manchester United Manager on a high.
Brazil midfielder Oscar said, “It’s a terrible feeling. I don’t know what to say. After a huge loss to Germany, today we tried our best from the beginning to win third place, but it wasn’t our day. We have to see what went wrong so we can improve for the future.”
Brazil (4-2-3-1): Julio Cesar, Maicon, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Maxwell, Luiz Gustavo (sub:Fernandinho), Paulinho (sub:Hernanes), Ramires (sub: Hulk), Oscar, Willian, Jo.
Netherlands (3-4-1-2): Cillessen (sub: M. Vorm), De Vrij, Vlaar, Martins Indi, Kuyt, Clasie (sub: Veltman), Wijnaldum, Blind (sub: Janmaat), Sneijder, Robben, Van Persie.
Goals: Van Persie(3′), Blind(16′), Wijnaldum (90’+)