World Cup: Brazil crumble against Netherlands in third-place playoff

Netherlands were awarded a controversial penalty.

The FIFA 2014 World Cup host, Brazil, were served another bitter pill of defeat on Saturday night as they lost 0-3 to the Dutch national team in the third place playoffs of this year’s Mundial.

The defeat is coming on the heels of the 7-1 drubbing suffered in the hands of Germany in the semi-finals. This is the first time since 1940 that Brazil will suffer back-to-back defeats on home soil.

The match at the Stadio Nacional in Brasilia got off to a controversial start as the Dutch were awarded a penalty after less than two minutes when Thiago Silva pulled Arjen Robben back with the winger through on goal.

Television replays showed that though contact was made it took place outside the box. The Algerian referee also got wrong his decision to only show the returning Brazilian skipper a yellow card despite him being the last man.

Robin van Persie took the awarded penalty kick and he fired it into the top corner.

Things got worse for Brazil as they conceded the second goal after just 16 minutes. This time, Daley Blind found the top corner after a poor clearance from David Luiz.

Though Brazil were able to survive to keep the score line at 2-0 through the rest of the half and till the later stages of the second, the miserable campaign of the hosts was capped off in second-half stoppage time as Robben and Daryl Janmaat linked up to create a chance for Georginio Wijnaldum, who slid his effort into the bottom corner.

With the 3-0 win, the Dutch were awarded the third place medal while the Brazil team were handed certificates for their efforts.

Germany will face Argentina in the final match of the 2014 World Cup on Sunday.


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