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Netherlands claim third-place with win over Brazil

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The Netherlands claimed third place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a 3-0 win over Brazil in Brasilia on Saturday night.

The first goal of the evening came in the third minute, when Arjen Robben burst through on goal and was brought down by the Brazil captain Thiago Silva from what looked like inside the penalty box. However, video analysis showed that Robben was fouled outside.

Controversy

Another controversial factor was that Silva was only shown a yellow card, despite the PSG defender obviously being the last man and Robben denied the chance to run clear on goal. Robin van Persie stepped up to the spot and placed the penalty perfectly past Julio Cesar to give the Dutch an early lead.

Daley Blind made it 2-0 in the 16th minute when David Luiz's failed clearance from a Jonathan de Guzman cross found the left-wing back with acres of space inside the penalty area. The Ajax defender blasted it past Cesar to make it 2-0.

Quiet spells

The rest of the first half was very quiet for both sides, with the best chance falling to Van Persie, whose shot from outside of the box was comfortably saved by Cesar. As the half-time whistle blew, the boos began to erupt from the stands towards the trailing Brazilian squad.

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The second half began just as the first half had ended. Both sides created few chances and neither team wanted to attack.

However, in the 91st minute the Netherlands made it 3-0. PSV midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum picked up on a great cross from Daryl Janmaat and the PSV man slide the ball past Cesar to make it 3-0. 

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