It’s not a championship, but it’s at least better than going out on two straight losses. After a crushing defeat to Argentina in the World Cup semifinals, Netherlands came back to play for pride, defeating Brazil 3-0 in the consolation match on July 12.
It’s never easy to get pumped up for a third place match — you’ve just been knocked out of a tournament after coming so close to the ultimate goal — but on July 12, both Brazil and the Netherlands proved that their pride was intact in a surprisingly exciting consolation match. In the end though, it was Netherlands’s day, and they went out of the World Cup with a 3-0 win.
Netherlands Beats Brazil In Third Place Match
The battle for third place in the World Cup was on! Both the Netherlands and Brazil brought out their best game faces for a chance at taking home the top slot behind Germany or Argentina.
The Netherlands was quick to start things off with a goal from Robin van Persie with just three minutes into the match! Brazil, playing without star player Neymar, tried their hand at some potential goals, but nothing went through.
Netherlands scored yet again to make the game 2-0 with a goal by Daley Blind at the 17 minute mark.
It just hasn’t been Brazil’s week. After that shocking loss to Germany 7-1, it looked like Brazil would want to make a tremendous comeback. Sadly, that wasn’t meant to be.
After the 90 minutes were complete, five minutes were added to the clock. Almost immediately, Georginio Wijnaldum put Netherlands up 3-0!
Congrats to the Netherlands! They will take home the bronze in the World Cup! By defeating Brazil, this marks 74 years since Brazil has lost consecutive home games.
Brazil & The Netherlands Bounce Back
Brazil and the Netherlands were both coming off of heartbreaking losses heading into this third place game — though they hurt for different reasons. Brazil was squashed — at home — by Germany to the tune of 7-1, the worst loss the national team had ever suffered. With the entire nation expecting the team to raise the World Cup trophy by the end of this, it was truly devastating to see them knocked out in such humiliating fashion.
Meanwhile, the Netherlands’ loss to Argentina was crushing because of how close they came to victory. The Oranje played Argentina to a 0-0 draw through 120 minutes, but just didn’t have enough to win the do-or-die penalty kicks.
But both were able to bounce back today, even with nothing on the line besides pride. Though we have to feel a little bad for TK, who are going out on two straight losses after a very impressive World Cup showing.
– Andrew Gruttadaro
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