For as little interest as the Netherlands seemed to have in playing Saturday’s third-place game against host Brazil at the World Cup, the team looked pretty inspired during its match in Brasilia.
Two goals in the opening 16 minutes by Robin van Persie and Daley Blind spurred the Netherlands to a 3-0 victory and sent Brazil to consecutive World Cup losses for the first time since 1974, when it fell to the Netherlands and Poland in back-to-back matches. Georginio Wijnaldum tacked on the final goal for the Dutch in extra time off an assist by Daryl Janmaat.
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Not to throw more salt in the wound — as Google reportedly elected to do Tuesday when it mined out negative headlines from its searches during Brazil’s 7-1 loss to Germany — but here’s a rundown of what Saturday’s defeat meant for Brazil via ESPN Stats & Info: By allowing van Persie’s penalty kick goal in the third minute, Brazil set a new country record for goals allowed in a World Cup with 12.
That number rose to 14 by match’s end, meaning…
Not only did Saturday’s outcome mark the first time Brazil lost consecutive World Cup games since 1974 and just the third time ever, but it also resulted in this:
The final stat can be mostly credited to Germany and the seven goals it posted on Brazil, which had outscored teams 10-4 in the first five matches of the World Cup
But let’s not make this all about Brazil’s shortcoming. The quick start by the Netherlands allowed its team to give all of its players a taste of playing on soccer’s biggest stage.