The Netherlands compounded the Brazilian nation’s misery this morning by winning three goals to nil in the playoff for third place.
Brazil, who started their campaign four weeks ago with a 3-1 victory over Croatia, ended it by being booed by a crowd of 68,000 people. The five-time world champions failed against a side that more than 120 minutes of grinding football just three days earlier against finalists Argentina.
It didn’t take long for the Oranje long to silence the fans who packed the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in Brasilia. Less than three minutes had elapsed when Robin van Persie scored his fourth World Cup goal from the penalty spot after Thiago Silva, who missed the semi-final through suspension, brought down Arjen Robben on – arguably – the edge of the box.
Dutch midfielder Daley Blind finished off his impressive campaign with a goal in the 17th minute and Georginio Wijnaldum finished off the rout in stoppage time to earn his nation third place for the first time.
The match was Louis van Gaal’s last in charge. He will now move on to reinvent Manchester United which suffered a poor 2013-14 after Sir Alex Ferguson’ s departure.
Brazil’s coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, told a post-match press conference that he is not sure what his future holds.
“The one who will decide my future is the president (of the Brazilian Football Confederation). We agreed beforehand that win or lose, we’d hand the reins to the FA directors,” he said.
Argentina and Germany will battle each other tomorrow morning (Australian time) in a repeat of the 1986 World Cup final pairing. The Germans will strive to become the first non-South American nation to win a World Cup on South American soil. – Chris Matthews-Darby
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