World Cup 2014: Netherlands Beat Brazil 3-0, Finish Third

Brazil slumped to a 3-0 defeat against the Netherlands in the third-place play-off match. The defeat marks the first time since 1974 that Brazil have lost consecutive World Cup matches.

updated: July 13, 2014 04:04 IST
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Brazil have now lost back-to-back home games for the first time since 1940


Brasilia: Brazil's traumatic World Cup ended with more pain on Saturday as they lost 3-0 to a superior Netherlands side in the third-place play-off at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia. (Blog | Matchcentre)

Still struggling to digest their record-breaking 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-finals, Brazil had a similarly disastrous start against the Dutch, with Robin van Persie opening the scoring from the penalty spot inside three minutes. (Match in pics)

With injured star Neymar watching on from the bench, Daley Blind then capitalised on more calamitous defending to make it 2-0 with 17 minutes played, and Georginio Wijnaldum rubbed salt into the hosts' wounds by adding a third in injury time.

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