BRAZIL 0 – 3 HOLLAND
With both World Cup Semi Finals being played already and Argentina and Germany both being in the Final, there was only one more game left to play before the final itself… the 3rd place/4th place decider. Playing for nothing more than a last bit of pride to take from a tournament they would no longer be able to win, really.
You can blame Justin Bieber if you like, but Brazil were just not a “world class side” in this tournament once they had lost their world class superstar (Neymar) and Scolari had refused to include some amazing players (like Kaka, Ronaldinho and Coutinho) in their World Cup squad, so they eventually had no replacement for the Barcelona player who could no longer take part in their games. The fans would all realize this much too late and be very angry with the Brazil manager Felipe Scolari.
One Brazil fan had made a personal message for their manager that read “THANKS FOR 2002, HOPE TO NEVER SEE YOU AGAIN”. That’s what the Brazilian fans think about their manager and his choice to leave out some real SUPERSTARS that were sorely needed in the knockout stages.
Brazil looked once again like a team that had lost themselves… but it’s been that way from the moment that their star player (Neymar) had not been able to play due to a back injury he had suffered in their victory against Colombia.
Holland started in this game by attacking right away, which in the third minute led to Arjen Robben being through on goal after getting past the last defender and he would be fouled in what could be called a “red card incident” – though the foul committed by Thiago Silva in what most certainly looked like a foul outside the box only got him a yellow card – but the referee would give a penalty to Holland and Robin Van Persie would step up and SMASH the ball into the net with a powerful shot that the goalkeeper was never going to save.
After that, Holland did not let up and hope for a 1-0 win. They kept attacking and demanding more goals. Brazil would not really make enough opportunities for a goal of their own and often looked scared to press beyond the halfway line, for fear of a counter attack.
In the 16th minute, Daley Blind would find himself unmarked in the Brazilian penalty area and after a couple of touches to set himself up with a shot, he volleyed home the ball into the net on his third touch of the ball to score Holland’s second goal of the game. The Dutch would keep a hold of their two goal lead until the half time break and as the players went in to the changing rooms the score would be Brazil 0- 2 Holland.
The second half gave Brazil no consolation (they had managed to score at least once in their 7-1 defeat to Germany don’t forget) and the only other goal of the game would be when in he 90th minute, Georginio Wijnaldum struck the final blow with the last goal of the game and sealed 3rd place for his country as the hosts had to make do with placing 4th in their own tournament.
KEY PLAYERS: Arjen Robben was key to at least one of the goals in this game. Dirk Kuyt has been great in this World Cup, too. Well done Holland on 3rd place! It’s been fun watching you this year.
Julio Cesar has tried hard in this competition and I hope he doesn’t receive much criticism for being a part of his losing side. Honestly, the manager deserves more harsh words than the goalkeeper.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.