Sport Football In Brazil, it’s been a week they’d rather forget

In Brazil, it’s been a week they’d rather forget

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The Netherlands compounded Brazil’s World Cup misery with a 3-0 win to claim third place in the play-off in Brasilia on Sunday morning.

Thiago Silva, back from his suspension which saw him miss Brazil’s 7-1 hammering at the hands of Germany, hauled down Arjen Robben in the box to gift the Netherlands a third-minute penalty.

Robin van Persie duly obliged, putting the Dutch into the lead with a typically powerful effort from 12 yards.

Poor Brazilian defending then saw left-back Daley Blind left entirely unmarked in the box, giving him time to rifle home a half volley for his first international goal that doubled his side’s lead.

Brazil kept pushing to score a goal, but lax defending let it down again in stoppage time when Georginio Wijnaldum slotted a third goal past Julio Cesar.

The match closed out with a chorus of boos for the home side.

Tomorrow’s final sees Germany and Argentina battling it out to decide the 2014 World Cup winner.