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Brazil vs Netherlands – Play-Off for Third Place in World Cup 2014 Today

Brazil vs. NetherlandsVenue – Estádio Nacional de Brasilia, Brasília

Date – 13th,  July 2014

Time – 1:30 am IST

In a contest that boils down to a battle for pride, hosts Brazil face the Dutch for grabbing the 3rd in the ongoing FIFA World Cup. Both sides faced sour exits from the tournament under contrasting  circumstances and are given yet another opportunity to restore some pride in what is already deemed to be a ‘lackluster’ match.

Brazil will want to win the encounter under any circumstances after being hammered for 7 goals by  Germany. The hosts were left stunned after an initial twenty minute assault from the Germans saw 5 goals being scored to kill the game even before Brazil got a foothold. The Brazilian lineup succumbed to some poor defending and cannot afford a similar performance against Netherlands. This could well be Scholari’s last game as well, if certain media reports are to be considered and the experienced campaigner will want to bow out on a high.

The Netherlands could just not manage to penetrate the Argentinean defense in open play and succumbed to the dreaded penalty shootout. Sneijder and Vlaar’s misses turned out to be costly for the Dutch, who had an impressive tournament barring the semi final. They will look to seek redemption in this match that Van Gaal famously terms ‘unnecessary’ and also look to add insult to injury with a win over the hosts.

Form:

Brazil- WDWWWL

Germany – WDWWWL

Key factors in the match

• Luckily for Brazil, Captain Thiago Silva will be back in action after serving his suspension and will look to bolster a battered Brazilian side. Silva has been a key campaigner for Brazil and his presence will do them a world of good.

• 7-1 is no healthy way to bow out of the world cup and Brazil will look to put the embarrassment behind them. They ‘must win’ the fixture for their fans and will treat this fixture as important as the final.

• Robben and Sneijder are a goal away from being Netherlands’s all time world cup top scorers and the duo will look for one last roll of the dice.

• Van Gaal termed this match as ‘unnecessary’ and hence may field a weaker lineup to suit the occasion.

Stats:

• Brazil have won two and lost one of their three previous appearances in the third place match

• Ten of the Netherlands’ 12 goals have come after half-time; the last four came after the 75th minute

• Netherlands scored 12 in their first four games but failed to net in the quarter-final or semi-final, despite both going to extra-time

• This will be the 5th

Predictions: Let us have a look at what the big guns have to say:

Goal.com: 2-1 to Netherlands

BBC: 2-0 to Brazil

Bleacher Report: 2-1 to Netherlands

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