In their bid to maintain some respectability and some dignity after their humiliation at the hands of Germany, Brazil faced off against the Netherlands in the much debated third place game. Unfortunately for the Brazilian squad and their fans, it was more of the same embarrassment that they faced in the semifinal. The match started off in similar fashion with Brazil conceding an early goal but this time should have had their captain Thiago Silva sent off at the same time.
Just minutes after they conceded the early goal, the Brazilians conceded yet another silly goal due to an individual error by David Luiz. Chelsea fans must be gleeful at the fact that they received 50 million for a player that has shown no discipline and has often been at fault for the Brazilian breakdown. Luiz made a simple headed clearance out for a corner in to an easy opportunity for Daley Blind who had time to check his watch and fix his hair before smashing home for his first ever goal.
Brazil huffed and puffed but could not blow the Dutch house down. Oscar had a clear penalty shout turned down and was rewarded with a terrible yellow card for diving. The Algerian referee had a howler of a match and that was another egregious error that could have swung the match in Brazil’s favor. Other than the penalty shout, Brazil showed little ingenuity and never forced a great save from Jasper Cillesen. Oscar was the lone bright spot for Brazil but our playmaker could not do the job alone.
The third Dutch goal just added to the humiliation and the Brazilians now have conceded a ridiculous 10 goals in the last two matches. This is a true crisis for Brazilian football even if it comes with a respectable fourth place finish in a World Cup. The issue is not where they ended up but the manner in which they were embarrassed and humiliated on a national stage.
Seeing Brazil lose a football match is nothing new, but seeing them destroyed the way they have is uncharted territory. Brazil must look to rebuild and will hope to once again be seen as a top footballing power in time for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
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