World Cup 2014: Mourning Brazil not over yet; sovereign Dutch win bronze medal
By Frans van Hees | www.AboutBrasil.com | Week 28, July 2014
Rio de Janeiro — 2014, the year in which
Brasilhad to conquer its sixth world title in its own country eventually became a travesty for A Seleção. After being utterly whacked in the semifinal of
World Cup Soccer 2014against Germany, the people now had to be appeased with the bronze medal.
However, also against
The Netherlandsnothing worked out for the poor Brazilian soccer team.
After only fifteen minutes the Dutch have put already a 0-2 score on the board and never gave that lead away.
Moreover, Brasil could never create a significant opportunity, while Wijnaldum even scored 0-3 in the final minute of the soccer match in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil.
Yellow card + penalty = Red card + free kick...
Brazil was still sick after the 7-1 thrashing by Germany in the semifinals. Coach Felipe Scolari changed his team thoroughly. Thiago Silva came back after suspension, while there was also room for Maxwell, Ramires, Willian and Jô. The severely injured Neymar was close to the team and watched the match from the bench as a talisman. While the Brazilians valued this ridiculous 'third place' match as a way to take revenge on themselves for their poor play, nobody at the Dutch side was really in for it.
If losing the semifinals undeservedly against an anxious Argentine team is not enough already, playing for the insignificant bronze is almost corporal punishment. To make things worse, in the warming-up of the match against Brazil, the Dutch also lost midfielder Wesley Sneijder due to an injury; he was replaced by Jonathan De Guzman.
Nevertheless, The Netherlands only needed two minutes to take the lead. Arjen Robben went round Thiago Silva who pulled the Dutch star striker down. Penalty and a yellow card thought referee Djamel Haimoudi from Algeria. Two bad decisions from this dreadful official. The foul occurred outside the box and Thiago Silva should have got a red card, being the last man. Captain Robin van Persie did not care and shot the Clockwork Orange into the lead from the penalty spot.
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After fifteen minutes defender David Luiz headed the ball simply to left midfielder Daley Blind who finished with his weak right foot.
The Brazilian fans got a great feeling of déjà vu and every attack of The Dutch soccer team was greeted with screams.
Fortunately for the host team, The Netherlands took it easy and were not after a humiliation like Brazil experienced in the semifinals.
In the second half, The Netherlands left the ball mostly to Brasil, but the abominable team of Felipe Scolari utterly lacks creativity. Also Scolari's substitutes were rather odd. Luiz Gustavo and Paulinho were changed for Hernanes and Fernandinho, two defensive midfielders. Strange, if you need to catch up two goals.
Fifteen minutes from time, even Hulk was ordered to combat the Dutch. In retrospect, perhaps Hulk was Brazil's dreadfulness made flesh of World Cup 2014 (and not Fred, Brasil fans!); a giddy lever without any creativity and - despite his stature - more whining at the pitch than doing anything right for the team.
The Netherlands then did it a lot better. Without any doubt the Dutch were the best team without having the best players of World Cup 2014 (their eastern neighbours Germany were the best team with the best players). Defending towers of strenghth Ron Vlaar and Stefan de Vrij played better every World Cup match. Against Brasil, Georginio Wijnaldum also did his job and played his best match of World Cup 2014.
Furthermore, Jordy Clasie showed to be a brilliant replacement of the still slightly injured Nigel de Jong. Seeing the great forward passing of this young Feyenoord player, one should wonder what might have happened if Clasie would have played against the Argentine scaredy-cats in the semifinals.
In the closing seconds, midfielder Wijnaldum scored 0-3 after a clever assist of substitute Daryl Janmaat. The Dutch collective of master coach Louis van Gaal will go home with heads held high.
Team Brazil and an entire nation of 200 million souls finally have time now to cope with some awfull soccer sorrow. World Cup 2014 supplies some intense food for thought for Scolari and his successor, who probably will be appointed very soon...
Matches & Standings Final rounds - FIFA World Cup 2014