Brazil in jeopardy of again being on wrong side of World Cup history

The Netherlands jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead in Saturday’s World Cup third-place game, placing Brazil in jeopardy of losing consecutive games for the first time 74 years (AFP PHOTO/FABRICE COFFRINI/ADRIAN DENNIS/FILESFABRICE COFFRINI/ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images).

Brazil’s national nightmare that began on Tuesday with a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of Germany in the World Cup semifinals has extended into Saturday’s consolation game.

Two Netherlands goals in the first 16 minutes have put Brazil in a 2-0 hole at halftime and resulted in a new mark for the country, which has now allowed a record 13 goals in this year’s World Cup. The deficit also means Brazil could lose consecutive World Cup games for the first time since 1974. In that year, Brazil fell to the Netherlands before losing to Poland in the consolation match.

On paper, the game is going pretty well for Brazil. They have more shots (6 to 4), more corner kicks (1 to 0), less fouls (7 to 10) and are winning the time of possession battle (54 percent to 46 percent). But defensive lapses continue to doom Brazil, leaving injured star Neymar to helplessly grimace on the sideline:

Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.
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