A game nobody wanted to play. The 3rd-4th playoff.
Brazil have faced Netherlands 11 times, with 5 draws and 3 win apiece.
Louis van Gaal said this game has nothing to do with sports and he has been campaigning against it for a while now. That being said, it is a football game and he will try his best to win it.
Luis Felipe Scolari on the other hand, was trying to recover from the demolition and would try to give his nation something to cheer.
Jordy Clasie started and over Nigel De Jong and the rest was the same. A late, training injury forced van Gaal to start Guzman over Sneijder. Scolari decided to give his young talents a game and just try and ease out a win over a hard Netherlands. Brazil will be no pushovers. They have been humiliated in their own backyard and will be coming in with a point to prove. They have fallen to their lowest and the only way is up. Beware Netherlands, this might just be out of your hands. Beware Brazil, Netherlands might just Germany you, were our thoughts before the game.
Brazil left off where they started, with some dismal defending within 2 minutes of the game. van Persie outmatched Luiz and played a through ball to Robben who was pulled down by Thiago Silva and Netherlands had a penalty. Thiago Silva was let off with just a caution, although he was the last man. That being said, it was the right decision as the original contact was before the penalty area. Anyway, Robin van Persie dispatched the penalty into the top right corner and Netherlands finally scored a goal after a 402 minute dry run. The game brought out what Netherlands lacked last time out; attacking instinct.The Dutch had found their rhythm and were passing the ball around very well. Brazil were shocked from what had happened and even with Thiago Silva back, their defence looked vulnerable. Willian and Oscar also started to trouble the Oranje’s defence, but found no way through.
Then, after a moment of stupidity, Holland went 2 up. A cross from the right that was not a very troubling one was put right back into the penalty area by David Luiz xD. Daley Blind said thank you very much and slotted home his first international goal. What on earth was Luiz thinking when he could’ve headed the ball towards the byline or for a corner. Looks like he wouldn’t stop with this until every Brazilian child was in tears. The rest of the half was a sorry one for Oscar and Robben. Both the #11s were fouled numerous times and it was a really saddening physical approach from both teams. Blind, Martins Indi gave no space to Oscar who was at the heart of everything for Brazil. Robben was fouled constantly by Maicon and Gustavo. Robin van Persie looked a tad better and was dominating Luiz, winning many aerial duels and finding players time and again. Jonathan DeGuzman who was involved late, played his part very comfortably too. Maxwell, was probably the P$G defender on the pitch and was tireless running up and down, scaling the pitch with ease. At halftime, it was Netherlands who looked on course to claiming the bronze medal.
Scolari made a change at halftime and Brazil looked a solid unit after that, although they could not beat Jasper Cillessen. Fernandinho’s introduction brought more fouls, but more fluidity in attack as Oscar started to worry the Nederlands’ defence. Jordy Clasie was phenomenal is his role as a pivot and Daley Blind was looking solid too. Another unfortunate moment presented itself in the game as the Algerian referee decided to book Oscar for a dive in the box after Daley Blind appeared to have brought him down. It was a penalty. There was enough contact for the referee to award a penalty and it was a shame that he didn’t get one, as that moment killed the game for Brazil. Daley Blind got injured in the process as was brought off for Daryl Janmaat!
Robben was unlucky, and unable to find gaps in the Brazilian defence, much to the nation’s relief. Brazil lacked motivation and Netherlands were happy to sit back and attack on the counter. Louis van Gaal showed to the world that he had some emotions within him, when he brought Michel Vorm on for Jasper Cillessen. FIFA World Cup history was made at that moment as Jasper Cillessen became the first goalkeeper to be subbed off twice in the same World Cup and the Swansea goalkeeper Vorm was the 23rd Dutch player to feature in the World Cup. Never have all the players of a team appeared in a World Cup before this.
The manager did create history. The Brazilians were crestfallen and deflated, the Dutch were proud and rounded off the victory with a 3rd goal. Georginio Wijnaldum put the ball past Cesar after Robben’s counter attacking move was met by Janmaat who supplied the ball. The Brazilians conceded their 14th goal of the tournament and will now leave the World Cup as losers. The very reason why the Dutch manager didn’t want this game to happen. A deflated Seleccao walked into the dressing rooms with despair and sadness; while the Dutch partied at their 3rd place success. Louis van Gaal signed off in style and has left his little fledglings with good experience and a lot of pride, something Guus Hiddink will build on, as time passes. Brazil will look to put this behind them and should take pride in their accomplishments as they have been exceptional hosts and have been good, given the quality of the other teams. Netherlands are the overachievers of the World Cup and can go back to The Hague with happiness and pride. Brasilia was silent and only the Orange Army roared. They picked up their medals and gave a lap of honour to their fans and signed off in style.
FIFA Man Of The Match: Arjen Robben
One assist and another enterprising display by the former Real Madrid winger. He lead the line superbly and was at the heart of the 3rd goal as well. Constantly worrying Luiz and Maicon with his icy pace cemented his position as a candidate for the Golden Ball.
Our Man Of The Match: Georginio Wijnaldum
The unsung hero of the match, he will get proper credits from us. Was tireless in his passing and dived into tackles fearlessly. He was omnipresent, be it support DeGuzman or Jordy Clasie, and scored a superb goal late into stoppage time.
Our Flop Of The Match: David Luiz
Jose Mourinho is a footballing genius. We cannot fathom as to how he got PSG to pay 50 million for David Luiz. He was pathetic today and is to blame for Daley Blind’s goal. A harmless cross, he decided to head it to the only place he shouldn’t have. Was physically outmatched by Robin van Persie and struggled to help in the other half too. He has had a poor tournament and he signed off with his worst performance yet. As Gary Lineker so effortlessly summed it up: “I’m sorry PSG but David Luiz is not a defender and will never be.”