Saturday, 12th July
Brazil vs Holland in Brasilia.
Brazil and Holland have met four times in previous World Cup
Finals; but never in a third-place match.
Holland beat Brazil
(2:1) in the Port Elizabeth
quarter-final at South Africa 2010 and (2:0)
in Dortmund for a second round game at West Germany
Brazil have also beaten Holland twice; (3:2) in the Dallas
quarter-final at USA 1994 and (4:2) on penalties after
the Marseilles semi-final finished one goal
each at France 1998.
In friendly matches, which this one is really, there have been four
draws out of seven. Brazil won a Rotterdam friendly (1:0) in 1989 and a Goiania friendly
(3:1) in 1999. Holland's (1:0) victory was in Amsterdam, back in 1963.
Sometimes called the wooden spoon, this is the match that very few
people actually care about or will remember in years to come.
In the end, the game that didn't matter much to Louis van Gaal did
matter to the Dutch and their three-goal victory over Brazil ended with the hosts being
booed off the pitch.
Brazil got themseves off to the worse start possible when returning captain, Thiago Silva,
pulled Arjen Robben back just outside the box. The Algerian referee pointed to the spot
for the Dutch captain, Robin van Persie, to put Holland ahead with less than three minutes
Just after the quarter-hour mark, David Luiz generously headed out for Daley Blind to make
With the home fans already booing their lacklustre team, Georginio Wijnaldum added insult
to injury by finishing off Darryl Janmaat's cross; and with it Scolari's reputation.
Final Score: Brazil 0 - Netherlands 3
12-Julio Cesar; 23-Maicon, 4-David Luiz, 3-Thiago Silva, 14-Maxwell; 8-Paulinho, 17-Luiz
Gustavo, 16-Ramires, 11-Oscar; 19-Willian, 21-Jo.
1-Jasper Cillessen; 3-Stefan de Vrij, 2-Ron Vlaar, 4-Bruno Martins Indi, 5-Daley Blind;
15-Dirk Kuyt, 20-Georginio Wijnaldum, 8. Jonathan de Guzman, 16-Jordy Clasie; 11-Arjen
Robben, 9-Robin van Persie.
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi - Algeria
5 yellow cards.
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