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Brazil vs. Netherlands, World Cup 2014: Embarrassment complete for the hosts

Even a dominant win wouldn't have salvaged this World Cup for Brazil, but they were loudly booed off the pitch after a 3-0 loss to the Netherlands.

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Netherlands cruise to 3rd-place playoff win

Brazil's World Cup ends in a whimper with a 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the third-place game.


3-0, embarrassment complete

Brazil have been pretty poor today, and they're pretty checked out for stoppage time. So checked out, in fact, that no one bothered to mark Georginio Wijnaldum on this move forward. Yeesh.

Embarrassment complete.


Just staple my head right here

"Let's go back to the locker room so we can close up that gaping laceration."

"No, just put the staples in my head right here."

"Uh, okay."

Dirk Kuyt is insane.


Blind makes it 2-0

Could we be in for beatdown No. 2 for Brazil? They're down 2-0 to the Netherlands after just 16 minutes. The first was a penalty -- and should have been a red card, but the Selecao got off lucky there -- and the second came from a half-volley by Daley Blind.

That's Blind's first ever international goal, and yet again, some truly amateurish defending from some of the best defenders on the planet.


Netherlands lead, Brazil lucky not to get a red

Well, this is already going quite poorly for Brazil. It took the Netherlands 90 seconds to win an entirely legitimate penalty, with Thiago Silva pulling down Arjen Robben.

The referee makes a really terrible decision not to give a red card here. Well, perhaps for his own safety and the sanity of Brazil, he made a decent decision, but this is as clear of a denial of a clear goal-scoring opportunity as you're ever going to see. There's no gray area here. It's a very clear sending off.

As expected, Robin van Persie stepped up to the spot and scored with a perfectly curled shot to the top corner, and the Netherlands lead 1-0.


Sneijder ruled out, replaced by de Guzmán

The Netherlands have been forced into making a late change to their starting lineup against Brazil with Wesley Sneijder having picked up a suspected hamstring injury.

Louis van Gaal has responded by replacing the attacking midfielder with a deeper-lying one, with Jonathan de Guzmán returning to the fold for the first time since early in the tournament.

The switch means the Netherlands will probably look more like a flatter 3-5-2 than a 3-4-1-2, though Georginio Wijnaldum could push up to shoulder the greater creative burden.


Here's your 3rd-place Google Doodle

Brazil and the Netherlands are putting on their fuzzy Russian hats and getting this over with.


Brazil vs. Netherlands: Lineups

Both Luiz Felipe Scolari and Louis van Gaal have adjusted their lineups for the World Cup's third-place playoff.


Neymar's agent: Scolari is 'repulsive,' 'ridiculous'

In a quite remarkable tirade, Neymar Jr's agent has laid into Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, attacking both his professional record and his personality.

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