Brazil 0-3 Netherlands - World Cup 2014 LIVE: Latest news on the tournament's penultimate day ahead of tomorrow's final between Germany and Argentina - Live coverage - The Independent

Brazil 0-3 Netherlands - World Cup 2014 LIVE: Latest news on the tournament's penultimate day ahead of tomorrow's final between Germany and Argentina

Welcome to The Independent's coverage of the Fifa World Cup on the penultimate day in Brazil as Samuel Stevens kept you updated on Brazil's 3-0 defeat to Netherlands in the third-place play-off in Brasilia...

  • DAY 31 AT A GLANCE:

    • Brazil 0 Netherlands 3 (van Persie, 2' - pen, Blind, 16', Wijnaldum, 91') - FT
    • The Brazilian nightmare is finally over after another heavy defeat
    • Robin van Persie's penalty, along with Daley Blind's half-volley and Georginio Wijnaldum's late strike, ensures the Dutch finish in third place
    • Shortlist including Lionel Messi and Neymar announced for the Golden Ball
    • Over 1 billion people expected to watch the final between Germany and Argentina
    7/12/2014 10:26:04 PM

  • Good evening folks and welcome to our second-to-last live blog from Brazil as the Fifa World Cup hurtles towards tomorrow's mouth-watering final between footballing powerhouses Germany and Argentina.

    Before, however, Samuel Stevens is on hand to take you right through the small matter of deciding who will finish in third place - the hosts or Louis van Gaal's Netherlands.

    While the recently appointed Manchester United manager may be keen to get back to the day job, labelling the play-off as 'unfair', it promises to be quite a match-up in Brasilia tonight. How will Brazil respond to their stunning capitulation against Germany? Your guess is as good as ours.

    With kick-off just under four hours away, buckle in for plenty of analysis and team news!
    7/12/2014 3:40:34 PM
  • To say there has been an outpouring of agreement with Fifa's decision to stage a third-place play-off would be stretching the confines of reality a touch. Here's a selection of the responses...

     
     

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    7/12/2014 4:17:53 PM

  • As tomorrow’s World Cup final approaches and Lionel Messi attempts to inspire his Argentina team against Germany in the way El Diego did 28 years ago in Mexico, Sam Wallace remembers what a giant, figuratively speaking, he is attempting to follow. 

    Diego Maradona looms over the modern game whether you happen to come from Rotherham or Rosario, Messi’s home city that has an extraordinary lineage of footballers and freedom fighters. For more from our chief football correspondent, click the link above.
    7/12/2014 4:54:19 PM

  • With tonight's third-place play-off just a matter of hours away, much of the attention will be on Brazil's response to their 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany in the semi-finals.

    While many pundits may point to the 1950 World Cup, in which Brazil lost 2-1 to Uruguay in the final, for the host nation's biggest humiliation, some think last week's capitulation has since replaced it.

    However Alex Bellos, writing for The Independent, believes the Brazilian nation could sense a defeat of that magnitude was around the corner.

    His verdict is nowhere near as damning, for example, as writer Jose Lins do Rego's after that loss in the fifties...

    I saw people leave the Maracana with their heads hung low, tears in their eyes, speechless, as if they were returning from the funeral of a loved father. I saw a nation defeated – more than that – one without hope … it stuck in my head that we really were a luckless people … always pursued by bad luck, by the meanness of destiny.
    7/12/2014 5:01:24 PM

  • Ewan Mackenna has used his customary match preview to demonstrate his first-hand experiences of the mood in Brazil since their astonishing submission to Germany last week.

    The reaction across the samba nation was quite remarkable, with their tears broadcast across the globe. Mackenna, based in Brazil during the World Cup, ran into a local taxi driver a few days ago and they discussed tonight's clash...


    Anecdotal but representative of the mood of the place, a taxi driver says he hopes Brazil are “destroyed by the Netherlands because they are disgusting”.
    And he isn’t talking about their style of play or the end result of their darkest night. Their cynicism was excusable by their limitations and their physical play was excusable by their need to survive and advance.
    7/12/2014 5:17:00 PM

  • Germany captain Philipp Lahm believes that his team’s unrivalled tournament experience could prove to be the decisive factor in the World Cup final against Argentina tomorrow night.

    The Germans have reached the semi-final stages four times in a row and, after their victory over Brazil, made the final for the first time since 2002.

    I think if you look at club level, many of us have already been involved in big games. Whether they were positive or negative is not important, but we all have experience in a Champions League final, DFB-Pokal [German Cup] final, or whatever.

    We’re always playing at the very top level and when you go through our squad, you’ll see we’ve all got that experience and it’s certainly an advantage for us.
    7/12/2014 5:33:53 PM

  • Luiz Felipe Scolari, the Brazil manager who watched his side get trounced by Germany last week, looks set to keep his job despite that humiliating defeat.

    Brazil's 200-million strong population was hoping to cheer the country in the World Cup final this weekend, but must instead watch the Selecao fight for third place against Holland.

    However Marco Polo Del Nero, the president-elect of the Brazilian Football Confederation, has offered Scolari his support.

    To me, he stays. What happened was a tactical error. That was the problem. But we all make mistakes. It can happen to anyone.

    The important thing is that he did a good job. The campaign and the preparations were good. A base exists.
    7/12/2014 5:43:10 PM
  • Pre-match training in pictures


    The Dutch warm up at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia ahead of tonight's clash.


    Louis van Gaal needs to pick his side up after their crushing defeat to Argentina.


    His counterpart, Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, has an even bigger job on his hands.


    The mood in the Brazilian camp is one of shock after their 7-1 reverse to Germany.
    7/12/2014 6:10:58 PM
  • Everybody's favourite Twitter user has made his thoughts of tonight's clash known...


    7/12/2014 6:13:22 PM

  • Germany caused a stir on Friday when they warmed up for their World Cup final against Argentina with short shorts. Some could even have been forgiven for thinking it's 1986 all over again. 

    According to Simon Rice, the Germans prepared for Sunday's clash at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro with their shorts rolled up as high as they would go. Yes, it is a slow news day.

    7/12/2014 6:44:17 PM
  • BREAKING TEAM NEWS!


    Luiz Felipe Scolari picks a Brazil side with a decidedly different essence to what we've been used to so far in the tournament. Maxwell, Ramires, Willian, Jo and Maicon all start.

    Brazil: Julio Cesar, Thiago Silva (c), David Luiz, Paulinho, Oscar, Maxwell, Ramires, Luis Gustavo, Willian, Jo, Maicon 

    The Dutch, on the other hand, field a strong looking side with Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder all making the cut. 

    Netherlands: Jasper Cillessen, Ron Vlaar, Stefan De Vrij, Martins Indi, Daley Blind, Robin Van Persie (c), Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Dirk Kuyt, Jordy Clasie, Georginio Wijnaldum.
    7/12/2014 6:50:27 PM
  • ONE HOUR UNTIL KICK-OFF! At least try and seem enthusiastic, folks...
    7/12/2014 7:00:07 PM
  • 7/12/2014 7:06:48 PM
  • Poll results: The Independent readers think third-place play-offs should stay

    Interesting stuff as 55% of you appear to disagree with Louis van Gaal and believe there is still a place for a third-place play-off in the World Cup.

    The Netherlands manager has been joined by other illustrious figures in condemning the round's existence but some, including the majority of you, would seem to recognise its worth. 

    Tonight's viewing figures on ITV will still be worth looking out for in the morning though.
    7/12/2014 7:12:02 PM
  • Pre-match pictures


    Their country's World Cup fortunes may be dead, but romance isn't..


    The Dutch have started with a strong line-up for tonight's clash.


    It would appear that all is forgiven between this supporter and David Luiz. Others may be more difficult to win over however.
    7/12/2014 7:19:28 PM
  • You know it's a low key affair when ITV Sport decides to rest Adrian Chiles and give Matt Smith a run-out in the presenter's chair. We're three minutes into transmission and there's already been a microphone problem.


    7/12/2014 7:33:50 PM
  • Sam Wallace, The Independent's chief football correspondent, is in Brasilia for this one...



    7/12/2014 7:36:03 PM
  • As the players emerge for the national anthems, here's a handy reminder of tonight's teams. Don't go anywhere!

    Brazil: Julio Cesar, Thiago Silva (c), David Luiz, Paulinho, Oscar, Maxwell, Ramires, Luis Gustavo, Willian, Jo, Maicon.

    Netherlands: Jasper Cillessen, Ron Vlaar, Stefan De Vrij, Martins Indi, Daley Blind, Robin Van Persie (c), Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Dirk Kuyt, Jordy Clasie, Georginio Wijnaldum.
    7/12/2014 7:53:46 PM
  • KICK-OFF! While still impressive, today's rendition of the Brazilian national anthem didn't match the decibel levels we've grown accustomed to. The Netherlands, in all blue, get proceedings under way against the hosts. Anything could happen in the next 90 minutes. Here's hoping for some entertainment. 
    7/12/2014 8:00:29 PM
  • 1 mins: PENALTY TO NETHERLANDS! 

    Thiago Silva hauls Arjen Robben to the floor and a penalty is given inside 60 seconds. Stunning scenes! Is the Brazilian capitulation going to continue?! In truth, while it may have been outside the box, the PSG man should have been sent off. Robin van Persie to take...
    7/12/2014 8:03:20 PM
  • GOOOAAAALLLL! Brazil 0-1 Netherlands, Robin van Persie (pen), 2 mins.

    The Manchester United striker makes no mistake from the spot with an emphatic strike from twelve yards. Julio Cesar went the right way but had no chance. Thiago Silva is supposed to be Brazil's Mr. Reliable but he's given his side another nightmare start in Brasilia. Unbelievable stuff. Brazil behind again.

    7/12/2014 8:05:28 PM

  • 7/12/2014 8:09:28 PM
  • 9 mins: The crowd has been stunned into silence by that start. Robin van Persie's penalty has put the hosts behind once again and the misery looks as though it will continue. The hosts have done little in the opening stages to suggest otherwise. 
    7/12/2014 8:12:10 PM
  • The debate over the penalty decision rages on. This picture, however, appears to confirm suspicions that the referee got it wrong. Louis van Gaal and Co. won't mind.

    7/12/2014 8:15:03 PM
  • GOOOAAAALLLL! Brazil 0-2 Netherlands, Daley Blind, 16 mins.

    If the Brasilia crowd had been quiet beforehand, you can now hear a pin drop. 

    Brazil must feel like it's the end of the world as they knew it. Jonathan de Guzman, who started instead of the injured Wesley Sneijder, did well on the byline and floated a ball into the Brazilian box. David Luiz, worth £45m according to PSG, then headed straight it into the path of Daley Blind who half-volleys home. The collapse continues.

    7/12/2014 8:17:05 PM
  • 21 mins: The first sign of life from Brazil comes in the shape of Chelsea's Oscar who weaves majestically through the Dutch midfield before launching a low drive towards Jasper Cillessen's goal. 

    The Netherlands keeper, though, was up to the challenge.
    7/12/2014 8:23:07 PM



  • 7/12/2014 8:27:07 PM
  • 26 mins: Finally some pressure from Brazil!

    It's Oscar, again, who races down the right flank and wins a free-kick after Bruno Martins Indi clumsily brings him down. The Chelsea man's delivery into the box then finds David Luiz but the former Chelsea defender's header drifts wide.
    7/12/2014 8:29:53 PM
  • 34 mins: Oscar is proving to be Brazil's only real threat tonight. His free-kick, from the corner of the Dutch area, again asks questions of the defence but Louis van Gaal's troops seem to always find the answers. 

    Jonathan de Guzman gets a touch on the ball on its way out but the referee gives a goal-kick. When your luck is against you...
    7/12/2014 8:37:26 PM
  • 40 mins: Even when your career is as decorated as Luiz Felipe Scolari's, your legacy can crumble around your feet in just a week.

    7/12/2014 8:42:49 PM
  • 44 mins: David Luiz, who scored that exceptional free-kick against Colombia in the quarter-finals tellingly leaves a set-piece to Oscar. His confidence must be in pieces. The eventual effort, from his former Stamford Bridge colleague, sails high and wide.
    7/12/2014 8:46:11 PM
  • HALF TIME: Brazil 0-2 Netherlands.

    The Brazilian nightmare continues. After Thiago Silva had committed footballing suicide in the opening 60 seconds, Robin van Persie duly converted his spot-kick. While the challenge may have been outside of the area, the PSG man was the last man and so is mightily lucky to still be on the pitch. 

    Just fourteen minutes later, Daley Blind then doubled the Dutch lead after David Luiz's awful header straight fell into his path. Is there any way back for Luiz Felipe Scolari's boys?

    7/12/2014 8:49:28 PM
  • WE'RE UNDER WAY! The second half gets going to a muted applause from the Brazilian faithful. 

    Luiz Gustavo, utterly ineffectual in the opening period, is replaced by Manchester City's Fernandino. Will this be forty-five more minutes of torture or will Luiz Felipe Scolari's men finally awaken from their slumber?
    7/12/2014 9:05:43 PM
  • 52 mins: The five-time world champions have made a better start to this second half but still lack the cutting edge to make a real difference. 

    Oscar continues to be the only Brazilian to really threaten the Dutch backline while Paulinho appears to have finally decided to contribute after a quiet opening forty-five minutes. 
    7/12/2014 9:12:12 PM
  • 55 mins: As evenings go, this hasn't been the most enjoyable for Brazil's injured prodigal son. There's 35 minutes of it still to be endured too.

    7/12/2014 9:14:47 PM


  • 7/12/2014 9:21:09 PM
  • 62 mins: Just moments after Daley Blind was, rather ironically, struck in the face and rendered temporarily sightless, David Luiz then stepped up to take a free-kick from a preposterous distance. It was easy for Jasper Cillessen.
    7/12/2014 9:22:48 PM
  • 67 mins: Controversy ensues after Oscar is booked for simulation!

    That looked very, very harsh on the Chelsea star. Daley Blind did indeed appear to bring him down in the penalty area but the referee acted immediately by booking the Brazilian for diving. You would surely have to be blind not to see that, ref! It's just not their night.


    7/12/2014 9:28:42 PM
  • FIFTEEN MINUTES TO GO! Brazil 0-2 Netherlands.

    7/12/2014 9:34:33 PM
  • 79 mins: Ron Vlaar is building upon the excellent form which has seen him become one of the stand out defenders of this World Cup. Not even a cleverly worked corner from Brazil, with Oscar being the architect, can get past him. Time is running out if Luiz Felipe Scolari's boys are going to restore some pride.
    7/12/2014 9:38:19 PM
  • 84 mins: Brazil continue to huff and puff but the Dutch house just won't fall down. Hulk, a recent addition to the field of play, has been poor once again.
    7/12/2014 9:43:36 PM
  • 5 MINUTES ADDED TIME.
    7/12/2014 9:48:43 PM
  • GOOOAAAALLLL!! Brazil 0-3 Netherlands, Georginio Wijnaldum, 91 mins.

    The Netherlands have just smothered a whole heap of salt into those Brazilian wounds. A smart, efficient move ends with Georginio Wijnaldum converting from close range. The hosts going out with a whimper. 
    7/12/2014 9:49:25 PM
  • FULL TIME: Brazil 0-3 Netherlands.

    The Brazilian nightmare is finally over. After Thiago Silva had committed footballing suicide in the opening 60 seconds, Robin van Persie duly converted his spot-kick. While the challenge may have been outside of the area, the PSG man was the last man and so is mightily lucky to still be on the pitch. 

    Just fourteen minutes later, Daley Blind then doubled the Netherlands' lead after David Luiz's awful header straight fell into his path. Georginio Wijnaldum, with just moments to go, then added a gloss to the scoreline for the Dutch. 

    Louis van Gaal is now destined for the Premier League while Luiz Felipe Scolari's future is not quite so certain. 

    Same time, same place tomorrow for our coverage of the World Cup final. See you then!

    7/12/2014 9:53:26 PM
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