The FIFA World Cup™ third-fourth place play-off took place at Estadio Nacional in Brasilia and saw more humiliation for Brazil as they went down 3-0 to the Netherlands. After a rocky semi-final match against Germany, the Brazilians looked to redeem themselves. Netherlands might have not won the gold but they were happy with the bronze as they romped home 3-0.
It was not a good start for the hosts as Arjen Robben was fouled in the box. This resulted in a penalty which was taken by Robin Van Persie, who made it count and put his team in the lead in the third minute of the game. Shortly after winning a penalty for his team Robben was given a yellow card for a bad foul.
Daley Blind scored the Oranje’s second goal of the match from close range in the 17th minute as they managed to poke holes in the Brazil defence. Oscar won a free kick for the hosts on the edge of the area as he whipped the ball across but David Luiz’s header went wide of the target. The 36th minute saw Jonathan De Guzman being cautioned for a foul on Oscar.
Paulinho and Luiz missed the ball connection from Oscar’s free kick. The first half ended with Netherlands in the lead by 2-0. A left-footed shot by Robben was blocked in the 49th minute. Georginio Wijnaldum’s header attempt was close but missed to the right but the Dutchman would be back later.
The 68th minute saw Oscar being given a yellow card for simulation. Daryl Janmaat came on for Blind and shortly after Ramires was replaced by Hulk. Dirk Kuyt’s header from close range was missed to the left as he hoped to get a third goal for Netherlands. The match was delayed in the 88th minute because of an injury to Jordy Clasie.
Clasie was then substituted by Joel Veltman. With five minutes added to the 90 minutes Wijnaldum sealed their third place as he scored the third goal to complete a humiliating turn of events for Luiz Felipe Scolari. This is the first time since 1940 that Brazil have lost two matches in a row on home soil. Nevertheless Van Gaal and his men are the winners of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ bronze medal.