Netherlands outclass Brazil

Holland inflicted more misery on the host nation Brazil as they cruised to a 3-0 victory to earn third place in the World Cup.

The Brazil players were booed off the pitch at the final whistle and failed to make amends for their crushing 7-1 defeat against Germany in the semi-finals.

Despite failing to reach the final, Holland made it a memorable last game in charge for departing coach Louis van Gaal who is now preparing for his new challenge as Manchester United manager.

Brazil 0-3 Holland

FIFA World Cup 

Third Place Playoff 

Saturday 12 July 2014 

Estadio Nacional, Brasilia

Robin van Persie, Daley Blind and Georginio Wijnaldum scored the goals for Holland as they finished the tournament on a high note with a victory in the third-place play-off game.

Holland got off to the perfect start when Van Persie opened the scoring from the penalty spot after just three minutes.

Arjen Robben was brought down by Thiago Silva and referee Djamel Haimoudi pointed to the spot even though replays showed the challenge appeared to be just outside the area. 

Van Persie made no mistake striking the penalty into the corner of the net.

David Luiz has had a week to forget for Brazil and he was at fault once again as he failed to deal with a right-wing cross and could only head the ball into the path of Blind who fired in a close-range shot for his first international goal for Holland.

Brazil blew a golden chance to get themselves back into the game on 38 minutes after Oscar’s free-kick was flicked on by Luiz Gustavo at the near post, but neither Luiz or Paulinho could find the decisive touch to nod the ball home.

Holland celebrate as third place is secured

Brazil’s bad luck continued as they conceded a second goal after just 16 minutes.

They came close again on the hour mark when Ramires made a clever turn to weave his way past Ron Vlaar and found space to shoot, but he dragged his shot across the face of the Holland goal.

Holland had strong claims for a penalty turned down on 82 minutes when Robben fell to the ground following a challenge with Fernandinho but the referee waved for play to continue – much to the disgust of Van Gaal on the sidelines.

But the Holland coach managed to end the game with a big smile on his face as Wijnaldum made it three in injury time.

Substitute Daryl Janmaat raced away down the right hand side and crossed in for Wijnaldum who fired a half-volley at the near post past the stranded Julio Cesar in the Brazil goal.