Netherlands (3-0) Brazil

The Match Neither Team Wanted (UPDATE: Brazil’s Embarrassment Continues)


Brazil loses.
Netherlands loses.

UPDATE: Things went from bad to worse for Brazil at the 2014 World Cup. After getting blown out by Germany 7-1 in the semifinals, Brazil would face a similarly lopsided score (although not as severe), failing to score a goal and falling to the Netherlands 3-0 in the third place match. Brazil finishes the World Cup in fourth place, and with a country’s hopes and expectations unfulfilled.

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Simply put, this third place match between Brazil and the Netherlands (4 PM ET/8 PM UTC) is one neither team wanted to be in. Brazil had their eyes on winning the Cup in their home country, but after a shocking 7-1 blowout against Germany, they find themselves in the runner-up match. Netherlands was hoping to build on their trip to the final in 2010 and win the first Cup in their country’s history, but they too fell short.

But nonetheless, both teams find themselves out of contention, and in Brasilia on Saturday for this match. Third place pales in comparison to a championship for Brazil, but expect them to play hard to avoid another embarrassment. For Netherlands, a win on their opponent’s home turf would be a small victory in and of itself, and some consolation for their semifinal loss.

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