2014 FIFA World Cup Third Place

FIFA World Cup 2014 Day Wise Schedule
Day 1 - June 12 Day 2 - June 13 Round of 16
Day 3 - June 14 Day 4 - June 15 Quarter Finals
Day 5 - June 16 Day 6 - June 17 Semi Finals
Day 7 - June 18 Day 8 - June 19 Third Place
Day 9 - June 20 Day 10 - June 21 Final
Day 11 - June 22 Day 12 - June 23  
Day 13 - June 24 Day 14 - June 25  
Day 15 - June 26    

FIFA World Cup 2014 Play-off For Third Place - Saturday, 12 July, 2014

After a humiliating 7-0 defeat in the semi finals, Brazil now runs into more humiliation as it doesn’t even make the third place. The host nation was kicked out yesterday by a better playing Netherlands team in the Mane Garrincha National Stadium, Brasilia. Brazil seemed to have lost any appetite for a win and was breaking off right from the start of the game. Robin van Persie had already opened the scoreboard in the 3rd minute and more was to come. It is the first time since 1940 that Brazil has lost back to back games in the World Cup. Another record the team wouldn’t be quite proud of is conceding as many as 14 goals – the worst from any side since the 1986 tournament and also the most even by a hosting country. Netherlands, on the other hand will be a more satisfied team having lost to Argentina in a penalty shootout in the semis but going back from the tournament unbeaten. They certainly deserved more but this was as close they could get.

Into the match, it was right in the third minute that Thiago Silva conceded a penalty to Arjen Robben. While Silva just received a yellow card, Robin van Persie was making no mistakes and plunged the ball past goalie Julio Cesar and into the top corner of the nets. Netherlands were already ahead and that chances of Brazil getting any reason to smile back at this World Cup got slim. The onslaught of Netherlands continued and in the 16th minute, it was David Luiz who created a stunning headed out of a cross from Jonathan De Guzman and defender Daley Blind was all set to volley the ball past Julio Cesar. The Brazilian attack could be defined to be ramshackle in yesterdays match wherein they were relying more on crosses and long balls rather than skillful footwork to come out with any attack/defense. Though Brazil possessed the ball for 58% of the match, they were unable to leave an imprint of the Netherland’s nets. They did come close to the goal a couple of times, but the Dutch goaley was all set for a purpose yesterday. The last goal was scored in the stoppage time with Georginio Wijnaldum finding a pass and firing past Julio Cesar after some assistance from Daryl Janmaat and Robben. Finally, it was 0-3 in favor of the Dutch and Brazilian fans were more of enraged than depressed.

Goals for Netherlands: Robin van Persie (3’), Daley Blind (17’), Georginio Wijnaldum (91’)

Stadium Game
Estadio Nacional, Brasilia Brazil 0-3 Netherlands

Man of the Match: ROBBEN (Netherlands)

Referee: Djamel HAIMOUDI (ALG)

Assistant Referee 1: Redouane ACHIK (MAR)

Assistant Referee 2: Abdelhak ETCHIALI (ALG)

Fourth official: Yuichi NISHIMURA (JPN)

Lineup

Brazil Netherlands
12 JULIO CESAR (GK) 1 CILLESSEN (GK) 90'+3
3 T SILVA (C) 2 VLAAR
4 DAVID LUIZ 3 DE VRIJ
8 PAULINHO 57' 4 MARTINS INDI
11 OSCAR 5 BLIND 70'
14 MAXWELL 8 DE GUZMAN
16 RAMIRES 73' 9 V. PERSIE (C)
17 L GUSTAVO 46' HT 11 ROBBEN
19 WILLIAN 15 KUYT
21 JÔ 16 CLASIE 90'
23 MAICON 20 WIJNALDUM
Coach Luiz Felipe SCOLARI Coach Louis VAN GAAL (NED)

 

FIFA World Cup Third Place Past Champions

Year Third Place Score Fourth Place Number of Teams
1930 United States   Yugoslavia 13
1934 Germany 3–2 Austria 16
1938 Brazil 4–2 Sweden 16/15
1950 Sweden   Spain 16/13
1954 Austria 3–1 Uruguay 16
1958 France 6–3 West Germany 16
1962 Chile 1–0 Yugoslavia 16
1966 Portugal 2–1 Soviet Union 16
1970 West Germany 1–0 Uruguay 16
1974 Poland 1–0 Brazil 16
1978 Brazil 2–1 Italy 16
1982 Poland 3–2 France 24
1986 France 4–2 (aet) Belgium 24
1990 Italy 2–1 England 24
1994 Sweden 4–0 Bulgaria 24
1998 Croatia 2–1 Netherlands 32
2002 Turkey 3–2 South Korea 32
2006 Germany 3–1 Portugal 32
2010 Germany 3–2 Uruguay 32
2014