Brazil ended what turned out to be a miserable World Cup campaign with a 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the tird-placed match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
With an injured Neymar watching from the bench, the Netherlands picked up right where Germany left off when Arjen Robben sliced through Brazil’s still tender defense in just the second minute.
Captain Thiago Silva, who was suspended for the semifinal, pulled Robben down by his shoulder from behind to give the Dutch an early penalty, which Robin van Persie converted to make it 1-0. Continuing this tournament’s often bizarre officiating, Silva was lucky to only be shown a yellow card for the foul.
Daley Blind pushed the score to 2-0 in the 16th minute as the Brazilians played as if they had all retreated to the happy place in the deep recesses of their minds in order to try and avoid complete emotional breakdowns.
The Netherlands finished off the match by adding one more goal in added time to make it 3-0 before putting third-choice goalkeeper Michael Vorm into the match so it could become the first team in World Cup history to use all 23 players during the tournament.