3rd 4th Playoff Brazil VS Netherlands
World Cup 3rd 4th Playoff Brazil VS Netherlands Results
FULL TIME: Brazil 0-3 Netherlands
Robin van Persie (P) 3′
Daley Blind 17′
Georginio Wijnaldum 90+1′
Netherlands humiliates Brazil again to take third place with an easy 3-0 victory over a forlorn looking Brazil. It took just 3 minutes for the game to turn catastrophic for Brazil, when captain Thiago Silva pulled down Arjen Robben on the edge of the box. While Thiago Silva was unlucky to concede a penalty, he was lucky to receive only a yellow card. Netherlands captain Robin van Persie stepped up and converted the penalty efficiently.
The second came when a Netherlands cross was poorly cleared, allowing Daley Blind to volley unmarked to double the lead. The crowd then heavily booed the Brazilians off at half time, having only given them a rousing performance of the national anthem 45 minutes earlier before kick off.
In the second half, both Netherlands and Brazil had penalty appeals, but struggled to create any great chances. The hosts were booed intermittently as the crowd showed their displeasure after their capitulation against Germany. The crowd booing intensified when Georginio Wijnaldum grabbed a third in injury time.
This is the first time since 1940 that Brazil have lost consecutive matches on home soil (in 1940, they lost 0-3 against Argentina and 3-4 against Uruguay). Brazil conceded their 100th, 101th and 102th goals in World Cup history.
Man Of The Match: Arjen Robben
Were the fans right to boo Brazil?
Well, to begin with, Brazil was not a great team from the start. This is not the 1970 squad. It wasn’t the 2002 nor was it the 1994 squad. They were a generally able yet unexceptional bunch. Good players were left at home – midfielders like Lucas Moura and Roberto Firmino would have added penetration. Centre-back Miranda would have firmed things up, instead of David Luiz who has been playing out of position in the last two games. The only reason why they were tipped to win the FIFA World Cup 2014 was because of their home ground advantage. While home advantage is meant to give you a crucial edge, for Brazil, it proved to be an intolerable burden.
To be honest, Brazil were lucky to have made it to the Semi Finals, with their dirty foul tackles tactics. On top of this, the Brazil team were led by a conservative manager who is unwilling to give the Brazil players the chance to flourish in attack. After Brazil’s star Neymar was kneed in the back and unable to play for Brazil, the team wallowed in their grief instead of moving on and stepping up. Of course Brazil misses Neymar on the pitch, who wouldn’t given Neymar’s skills and talents. But, their excessive response to his injury ultimately proved far more damaging.
However, there were suggestions that the Brazil crowd is made up of fans who treat the games as if they are a day out, rather than a football match to be watched. It seem fair on this display as there are few suggestion that Brazil did not care, or even particularly under preformed because as mentioned, they weren’t that great to even begin with. Pressure does strange things to people. Brazil’s , meltdown was so shockingly clear that this was not a failure of players who cared too little, but who cared far too much.