With both Brazil and the Netherlands suffering disappointing losses in the World Cup semifinals (OK, one loss was more disappointing than the other), there is now just one thing on the line on July 12 — pride. Watch the live stream below to see who can have bounce-back game in the final weekend of the World Cup.
A third place game is never fun (there’s a reason we don’t do them in the ultra-competitive United States). It means you lost, and instead of being able to just go home and get over the heartbreak, you’re forced to strap on the boots once more and play in a game that does nothing but remind you of your recent failure. That’s what host nation Brazil and the Netherlands have on their slate as they face off in the World Cup consolation game on July 12.
World Cup Live Stream 2014 — Watch Brazil Vs. Netherlands
It might be harder for Brazil to bounce back for this third-place game. With the entire nation watching, the Selecao not only lost their semifinal match in front of the home crowd, they got trounced. Brazil gave up five goals in the first 29 minutes of their match against Germany en route to a 7-1 drubbing.
It was a total embarrassment that happened right in Brazil’s backyard. With championship-or-bust expectations, a loss in the semis was going to be heartbreaking no matter what, but the way Brazil went down was downright soul-crushing.
Brazilian supporters were rightfully booing their team during that game — now it’ll be interesting to see if they can gin up support for the squad in the third-place game.
Brazil Vs. The Netherlands: Who Will Bounce Back?
They’ll be facing off against the Netherlands, who had their World Cup hopes crushed by Argentina in a tense penalty kick shootout. The Oranje had been early favorites coming off a runner-up finish in the 2010 World Cup and an early beatdown of defending champs, Spain, in the first game of this tournament, but their offense stalled in their knockout stage matches.
After winning a 0-0 game in PKs against Costa Rica, the Netherlands again played out a scoreless tie with Argentina, and this time the penalty kick gods just weren’t on their side.
On paper, this matchup is amazing, and hopefully with nothing to lose both teams will play fast and loose and produce an exhilarating match. Tune into the live stream above at 4 p.m. to see what happens. (NOTE: To watch the World Cup on ESPN you must have a cable subscription.)
— Andrew Gruttadaro