Brazil sets new record for goals allowed in a World Cup


Netherlands Arjen Robben drew a foul in the third minute of Saturday’s World Cup third-place game, leading to a Dutch score and the 12th goal allowed by Brazil this tournament, marking a new goals against record for the country (AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATAJUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images).

The early moments of Saturday’s third-place game against the Netherlands were just as bad for Brazil as its semfinal thrashing by Germany. Less than three minutes into the contest, Dutch forward Arjen Robben drew a penalty on Brazil’s Thiago Silva just inside the box. The yellow card led to a penalty kick for Robin van Persie, who blasted a left-footed shot into to the top right corner of the net, and just like that, Brazil’s fans were once again deflated. The goal seemed to invigorate the Netherlands, whose coach, Louis Van Gaal, expressed his disdain for the third-place game following his team’s semifinal loss to Argentina.

About 15 minutes later, Daley Blind scored from the middle of the box to put Netherlands up 2-0 and make for the 13th goal allowed by Brazil during the World Cup, surpassing the country’s previous record of 11 goals allowed in the tournament. It’s safe to say that’s not exactly the way Brazil had hoped its turn as World Cup host would go down in history.

Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.
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