Netherlands take 3rd spot defeating Brazil 3-0
Jul 12, 2014 5:56 PM EST
Netherlands have wrapped up their World Cup campaign defeating the host nation Brazil 3-0 and finishing in third spot. Two early goals in the first half and a very late third deep in the second half, were enough for the Dutch to earn victory as Brazil failed to redeem themselves in front of their home crowd in their final match.
Netherlands walk away with 3rd dealing out Brazil their second loss in a row
Brazil saw the return of their captain Thiago Silva after his suspension saw him miss the match against Germany. Most were speculating that Brazil's poor performance against Germany was the exclusion of their captain but Thiago Silva would return and make an impact on the game but for all the wrong reasons. Robben broke through the defence only moments after kick off as he got onto Van Persie's through ball. Silva would try to chase him down and then blatantly pull the attacker down just outside the box. The ref would then make two unbelievable calls as he awarded Netherlands a penalty kick and then only brandishing a yellow card to the Brazilian captain when he clearly should have been sent off. Van Persie stepped up and buried the ball into the back of the net.
Van Persie opens the scoring in the 3rd minute as once again Brazil's defensive effort lets them down
Brazil 1-0 down but were extremely fortunate to remain with 11 men on the pitch as Silva should have been his marching orders. Brazil would attempt to fight back as Ramirez would come close for the home side with his effort but then once again poor tracking back and a very poor clearance attempt by the Brazilian defenders would see the Dutch double their advantage in the 17th minute. A great counter attack by Netherlands saw them catch Brazil scrambling back in defence. Robben would feed the ball wide right through to De Guzman as he made a run past the defenders. He would manage to just keep the ball in play and cross it towards the goal. Luiz was running back and managed to get a head to the ball but what should have been an easy header out into touch the former Chelsea defender would head it back to the top of the box to where Blind was waiting and had an easy finish into the back of the net. 2-0 and Brazil once again very disappointing in the back line and were we about to see a repeat of the Germany match?
Blind would double the Dutch's lead in the 17th minute as Brazil's defence was falling apart once again
This time though Brazil managed to hold off the Dutch for the rest of the half as the ref signalled for the halftime break. Brazil managed to fight back near the end of the half and where lurking dangerously around the Dutch defensive line. But even with Oscar's valiant effort to get some inviting crosses into the danger area, Brazil would fail to find the back of the net. 2-0 and Van Gaal leading his team in this 3rd place decider even though he has been stating that this match was pointless and should be scrapped from the World Cup.
Van Gaal in his final match in charge of the Netherlands as he next moves onto take over at Manchester United
The second half saw a very promising start by the home side as they pressured the Dutch instantly. They passed the ball well and movement up forward saw them open the Dutch up defensively and start to threaten the goal. Oscar once again was best on ground for Brazil as he weaved his way through and even had a shot on goal but he dragged his strike wide of the mark. Next Luiz would try to redeem his earlier blunder as he tried to recreate the free kick against Chile but this time the keeper was there and made sure the ball would stick to his hands. A much better effort by Brazil but they also needed to be careful as they did push up with numbers and needed to watch Robben and Van Persie don't catch them on the counter. Brazil pressed on and even though they pressured the Dutch, the scoreline still read 2-0. A few shouts for a penalty kick by the Brazilians went onto deaf ears as two handballs went unnoticed by the ref. Then a tackle on Oscar inside the box saw the Chelsea winger earn himself a yellow card for diving. The crowd didn't like it but on replay it looked to be the right decision. Brazil continued to attack but the Dutch defence was just too strong and managed to hold off the home side's attacks and then would score a very late third goal to walk away with a good win but would be unhappy they failed to make it into the final match. Brazil on the other hand would walk off as the boos echoed throughout the stadium as an unhappy home crowd let their feelings be known.
See you at the final readers.