Brasilia: Brazil's World Cup campaign ends with a fourth-place finish after a 3-0 loss to Netherlands in the third-place playoff match. Catch all highlights here (World Cup 2014 Tracker | MatchCentre | Match Report | Pics)
03.25 (IST): Brazil's campaign ends in tears! They suffered a jolt in the semifinal loss to Germany and never managed to recover. Netherlands would loved to have had a shot at the trophy but to beat Brazil and finish third will not be too bad a result to take away for the Dutch. Only a part of Van Gaal's busy schedule comes to an end as he takes charge of Manchester United from August with a few players expected to sign for the club. As he walks away from a successful campaign in the World Cup, a tough season awaits him in England. As for the World Cup, the local fans will be torn between long-time rivals Argentina and Brazil -- the team that punctured their side in the semis. For the neutrals however, it will be a thrilling finale. Can Messi finally live up to his billing in Argentina colours? Or will the rampaging Germans run away with the coveted trophy? We will have to wait until tomorrow to find that out. That's it from me for now, goodbye!
03.23 (IST):It's all over! Netherlands beat Brazil 3-0, finish third in the World Cup 2014. Brazil's nightmare started in the semis and has ended with a fourth place.
03.22 (IST): Goalkeeper Michel Vorm gets a couple of minutes of game. With that, all 23 players of the Dutch squad have got some game time in the tournament.
03.19 (IST): GOAL! Netherlands get their third goal! Wijnaldum converts a cross from short range to add further misery on Brazil
03.18 (IST): 90 moinutes are up! Five minutes of added time.
03.12 (IST): Willian does well in the left flank to dodge a couple of Dutch defenders and sprint forward but De Guzman puts in a tackle and concedes a free-kick in the 84th minute.
03.10 (IST): Robben with yet another Dutch attack and he goes down inside the box. Ref says no penalty as Brazil lead another counter. Just under 10 minutes to go.
03.01 (IST): Brazil bring on Hulk for Ramires.
03.00 (IST): Replays suggest that the ref may have got it wrong with his call on Oscar. That looked a clear foul from Blind and a straightforward penalty decision.
02.58 (IST): While the Brazilians protest, Daley Blind -- who was the defender in question when Oscar went down inside the box -- has been stretchered off. Janmaat comes on for him. Just 20 minutes to go.
02.56 (IST): Oscar is fouled in the box? Oh no, the ref has seen that as a dive! Oscar given a yellow card.
02.51 (IST): Close! Luiz finds a gap in the Dutch wall but hits his shot straight to the goal keeper.
02.50 (IST): A wild attacking run from Maicon ends with a free-kick right outside the box for Brazil after he is fouled by Dirk Kuyt. Can Luiz score another screamer?
02.49 (IST): 59' Ramires comes close to giving Brazil a goal! He fires his shot wide. Dutch maintain their 2-0 lead as the one-hour mark approaches.
02.44 (IST): Another change from Brazil: Hernanes in for Paulinho.
02.43 (IST): Brazil have been the better side in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Oscar has made his runs and a few times they've found a few yellow shirts with the ball inside the box but they just can't find the finishing touch that will get them on the scoresheet.
02.33 (IST): Second-half begins! Brazil bring in Fernandinho for Luiz Gustavo.
02.18 (IST): Half-Time! Netherlands lead 2-0 against Brazil at the end of the first period of 45 minutes. Goals from Robin van Persie (3') and Daley Blind (17')
02.15 (IST): Two added minutes at the end of first half.
02.08 (IST): Scolari with a few instructions from the touchline. He is trying hard to marshall his troops who have carried their woeful form from their 7-1 drubbing at the hands of the Germans.
02.06 (IST): 35' Oscar is making all the runs for Brazil at the moment. He is tripped by De Guzman from behind. Yellow for the Dutch player, free-kick for Brazil.
02.04 (IST): The free-kick is curled in well but the header from a Brazilian player is fired wide. 35th minute, Dutch 2-0.
02.03 (IST):34' Brazil earn a free-kick at the edge of the box after Maicon was brought down. Oscar takes the free-kick.
01.57 (IST): Brazil attack again and Oscar attempts a sprint on the right flank but is clipped by Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi in the 27th minutes.
01.51 (IST): Oscar with a couple of very good chances for Brazil. First he takes a low shot from outside the box that is easily saved by the Dutch keeper. Soon he finds himself past the Dutch backline and by himself inside the box but his take down of the cross is not good enough and the danger is averted. 22 minutes played, Dutch lead 2-0.
01.46 (IST): Oh dear! Shambolic defending from Brazil once again! Daley Blind finds the ball at his feet inside the box and finds the back of the net with ease. 17 minutes gone, Dutch lead 2-0.
01.40 (IST): Both sets of defenders are facing a tough time. It's relentless attack from both ends. 15th minute, Netherlands lead 1-0.
01.38 (IST): This has been a pacy, end-to-end start to the third-spot game. Robben attacks again but gives away the ball and then commits a foul. Ref shows him a yellow.
01.36 (IST): Brazil attack on the counter and in numbers but the cross from the left flank can't find a striker in the middle.
01.34 (IST):With that goal, Brazil have a new World Cup record. This is the first time they have conceded 12 goals in a World Cup! Germany will take a lot of credit for that.
01.33 (IST):GOAL! Van Persie converts the penalty to add further misery to the hosts' nightmarish World Cup campaign. Dutch lead 1-0 in the third minute. Thiago Silva is very lucky to get away with just a yellow card.
01.30 (IST): What a start to the game! Brazil are caught unaware during a Netherlands attack and a spriting Robben is brought down inside the box by Silva. Penalty in the 3rd minute.
01.25 (IST): The latest news in is that Wesley Sneijder has injured himself during warm-up and will be replaced by De Guzman in the starting XI.
01.11 (IST): Brazil: Julio Cesar, Thiago Silva (c), David Luiz, Paulinho, Oscar, Maxwell, Ramires, Luis Gustavo, Willian, Jo, Maicon
01.10 (IST):Netherlands: Cillessen, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, Van Persie (c), Sneijder, Robben, Kuyt, Clasie, Wijnaldum
01.05 (IST): Brazil's Neymar is also in the dug-out, cheering for his mates in what will be their last game of the World Cup.
00.30 (IST): After serving a one-match suspension, centre-back Thiago Silva returns to lead Brazil. Can he lift the hosts' spirits?
22.06 (IST): A lot of eyes will be on hosts Brazil. They suffered a shocking 7-1 loss in the semis that brought a cruel end to their World Cup dreams. Battered and bruised, their only shot at redemption is the their third-place playoff tie vs Brazil today. Can they put a few smiles on these faces?
Brazil vs Netherlands Factfile
- This is Netherlands' second third-place game in a FIFA World Cup.
- For the second time after 1974 and 1978, Holland will finish in the top four in two consecutive World Cups.
- Following their humiliating 1-7 loss to Germany, Brazil are now the team that have conceded most number of goals in the tournament (11).
- This will be Brazil's fourth appearance in a third-place World Cup tie.
Brazil vs Netherlands 2014 Head-to-head
Brazil and Netherlands have played 11 matches against each other with both winning three each and five games ending in draws. Three of these games have been played in World Cups with Netherlands claiming two wins.
Brazil vs Netherlands 2014 Preview
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