Four days after a humiliating 7-1 semi-final loss to Germany, the team hosting World Cup 2014 suffered another dramatic defeat from the Dutch team for the third place with 0-3 score. Brazil was booed by fans when walking off the field, after another demoralizing loss to end its home World Cup.
The Netherlands finishes a World Cup unbeaten in regular play for the first time, having lost to Argentina on penalties in the semifinals. After finishing runner-up in 2010, the third place is the best position for the Dutch squad since it lost the final in 1974 and 1978.
â€śWe can look back at a very successful tournament,â€ť Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal said. “I’m proud of my players.â€ť
Chaotic defending helped the Dutch, jump out to an early 2-0 lead in the first half and added a third goal in second-half stoppage time. Striker Robin Van Persie converted a penalty kick for the opening score after Brazil defender Thiago Silva took pulled down Robben.
Brazil spent much of the second period looking for a way back into the game but despite a couple of dangerous looking free-kicks and a solid claim for a penalty of their own never looked like clawing back the deficit.
It seemed the Brazilian fans were determined to support their team, but they also made it known they had not forgotten the defeat by Germany as loud boos rang out when the names of Scolari and beleaguered striker Fred, 30, were read out.
“I would like to thank all people in Brazil for their great support,” Arjen Robben said. “For us it was the best way to end this tournament. We fully deserved third place the way we played. It’s a very big achievement.”
â€śIt’s a terrible feeling, I don’t know what to say,â€ť Brazil’s Oscar said after the defeat,via The Associated Press. â€śAfter a huge loss to Germany, today we tried our best from the beginning to win third place but it wasn’t our day. We have to see what went wrong so we can improve for the future.â€ť
For Brazil it is the first time since 1940 when the national team have lost consecutive matches on its own territory. In 1940 Brazil was defeated by Argentina 3-0 and then by Uruguay 4-3. Moreover, it is the second time in the past 10 World Cup third-place play-offs that a team has failed to score.
Sixty-three games have now been played in Brazil and while there were fears protests and demonstrations could disrupt the tournament, the 2014 World Cup has been relatively trouble free.
Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella, who seems set to stand down after the final regardless of the result, says his side will have to play a flawless game if they are to beat Germany and lift the World Cup for a third time.
“From the physical, tactical and character points of view, Germany have always been extremely strong,” Sabella told reporters on Saturday. “And now they have an elaborate style of play, with passes between lines, diagonal balls to the forwards.