Holland didn’t have much of a problem at all with Brazil and breezed by the host nation 3-0 at the 2014 World Cup in Brasilia on July 12 in front of 68,034 fans. Brazil was coming off of a humiliating 7-1 battering by Germany in their semifinal showdown and didn’t perform much better against the Dutch. This marks the first time Holland has finished in third place in a World Cup tournament after finishing runners-up three times in the past.

Holland got goals from Robin van Persie, Daley Blind and Georginio Wijnaldum during the game with Van Persie scoring on a penalty kick after just three minutes and Blind doubling the score 14 minutes later. Brazilian defender Thiago Silva hauled down Dutch winger Arjen Robben in the 18-yard box in the third minute of the match and was extremely lucky he was shown a yellow card instead of a red for the foul since he was the last man back. Silva missed the match against Germany with a suspension due to yellow cards.

Van Persie took the ensuing penalty kick and buried the ball over goalkeeper Julio Cesar and into the roof of the Brazilian net. David Luiz handed the second goal to Holland on a silver platter when he headed a clearance right to the foot of midfielder Blind, who then fired it past Cesar with a right footer from about 10 yards out. Brazil started the second half down 2-0 and attempted to make a comeback. Blind looked to have tripped Brazilian midfielder Oscar in the box, but the referee ruled it a dive and handed Oscar a yellow card for his efforts.

The game was put to bed in stoppage time when Daryl Janmaat crossed a low ball to Wijnaldum and he deposited it into the net after Cesar could only get a foot to it. Brazil became just the third team to allow 12 goals against in the current World Cup format.  The other two were North Korea and Saudi Arabia. Brazil finished in third place back in 1938 and 1978, but had to settle for fourth this time around.

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