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Brazil must keep same XI for third place play-off

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In football, as in life, there are moments where you look back and think: "I remember where I was when..."

Brazil's 7-1 humiliation at the hands of Germany is certainly one of those, though if you're Brazilian it's for all the wrong reasons.

A semi-final defeat is heartbreaking. Be it a one-sided defeat where you never looked like winning or a narrow loss after a last minute goal.

However, a 7-1 semi-final defeat in your home nation is beyond heartbreaking. It's soul crushing, it's humiliating and for some it could be the end of a career.

Anyone who watched Germany run wild over the World Cup hosts will tell you Luiz Felipe Scolari should make 11 changes for their third-placed play-off fixture against one of Holland or Argentina, but for the sake of those who had the fortune of avoiding involvement in Brazil's most historic defeat he should in fact keep the same team.

The 11 men that took to the field for that fatal defeat should be forced to face the music when Brazil aim to restore the slightest bit of pride.

Yes, they'll be demoralised. Yes, they're confidence will be at an all time low. And yes, the last thing they will want to do for a long time is step on to a football pitch. But if Scolari has any decency he'll make them take to the field for one last time this World Cup.

Not a single yellow-shirted player could feel remotely good about their performance against the Germans.

David Luiz showed exactly why numerous football experts are convinced he'll never be a world class centre back.

Fernandinho and Luis Gustavo looked like two strangers who had never played a game of football, let alone played at the highest level.

Bernand will almost certainly wish he'd missed out on the 23-man squad and Hulk looked like his superhero namesake would have a better touch and more creativity than this so-called international striker.

And as for Fred, well, there's little you can say about Fred. The man entrusted with the number nine shirt previously worn by the now second highest goalscorer in World Cup history, Ronaldo, looked like he'd never even seen a goal, never mind scored one.

So why should innocent players such as Maxwell, Hernanes and Dani Alves be forced to face the impending fury of the Brazilian public.

Even those brought on by Big Phil, Willian, Ramires and Paulinho, had little chance to impact what will be remembered as the most astonishing World Cup result in history.

Therefore those eleven players who sealed Brazil's fate within 30 disastrous minutes in Belo Horinzonte should be forced to wear the yellow shirt one last time this summer.

Of course they'll get booed off the park and they'll be lucky to avoid anything other than a full-scale riot, but that's exactly what they deserve.

No fan should witness the kind of humiliation millions of Brazilians will still be feeling for the next four years, but more than that, no 11 players should be made to pick up the pieces after their teammates have let down a nation.

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