The final weekend of the World Cup is upon us and just about everyone is excited — except for the Netherlands, Brazil and the majority of the people in the host city.
Saturday’s third-place game between Brazil and the Netherlands offers little consolation for the players involved, especially following their crushing semifinal defeats — albeit in differing fashion. Playing without injured star Neymar, Brazil was routed in front of its home crowd, 7-1, by Germany, while the Netherlands lost in penalty kicks to Argentina, leading Dutch Coach Louis Van Gaal to say this following the defeat.
“This match should never be played,” Van Gaal said. “I’ve been saying that for 10 years. It’s unfair. There’s only one prize, one award that counts, and that is becoming World champion.”
Nevertheless, the game will be played Saturday at 4 p.m. and a (third-place) winner will be crowned. Here are the starting lineups for both teams:
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Here’s some reading for early in the game: