Third Place Match: The Dutch continue the nightmare for Brazil by defeating the Samba Kings 3-0 to win third place in the 2014 World Cup.
Byline: Jorge Belon, Editor in Chief
BRASILIA– In the Capitol of Brazil the Dutch breezed through the third place match against the Seleção with a 3-0 victory on Saturday afternoon.
“This game came around very quickly for us,” Netherlands Coach Louis van Gaal told FIFA.com after winning third place. “We’ve had just three days to rebuild the team after the huge disappointment of dropping out of the hunt for a title we’d been aiming to win. We had to try and see the light at the end of the tunnel and today we did.”
In the second minute of the match the game opened up with a penalty called against Brazil. The Captain Thiago Silva pulled Netherlands offensive play maker Arjen Robben.
However, the captain of Brazil, who had just returned from a one game suspension, was fortunate to only receive a yellow card for stopping a clear scoring chance. In most cases that would be a direct red card, though he received a yellow and the Netherlands got a penalty.
The captain for the Dutch Robin van Persie would step up to take the penalty, and convert it to give the Orange Machine a 1-0 lead.
The nightmare for the Canarinho would deepen at the 16th minute, when Dutch midfielder Daley Blind controlled a loose ball in the center of the penalty box. He then gathered himself, and while being rushed by three Brazilian defenders he blasted the ball into the upper right hand corner of the net to make it 2-0.
“We [Brazil] haven’t ended the competition well,” Brazilian Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari told FIFA.com, after finishing the World Cup with a negative three goal differential and finishing in fourth place. “We had the impression that it was going to be a very even game, but we conceded an early goal and that tipped the balance in their favor.”
As the game progressed Brazil offensive began to form some rhythm. As they were able to create 11 shots, but only two of those shots were on target, leaving Dutch goalie Jasper Cillessen unoccupied for most of the game.
The game was winding down and Georginio Wijnaldum would end up sealing the third place match for Holland, when he received a cross from substitute defender Daryl Janmaat, while making a run into the box. The 23-year-old forward would then instantly smash the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the net, to give the Dutch the 3-0 victory at the 91st minute of the match.
The Netherlands achieved third place in the World Cup and can travel home pleased with the result. As for the home nation, they were only able to finish fourth. Which is disappointing since this was the first time hosting since 1950 and the goal was to do what that team could not do, and lift the World Cup statue in the Estádio Maracanã.
“First of all, I’d like to thank all the Brazilian people for the support they gave us. It was a great honor to play here, a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Robben told FIFA.com after the match. “Winning this game was the best way to round off our campaign. There’s no doubt we deserved to finish third, and nobody would have expected it [before the tournament]. It was a great achievement. We beat Brazil 3-0 in a game which was very tough for them mentally following their heavy defeat against Germany, but I wish them all the best for the future.”
The highlights to this match can be seen on this link http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=intl:1947343, video provided by ESPN FC.