Brazil vs Netherlands, Third Place World Cup Game: Starting Lineups, TV Listings And Open Thread

As we reach the near end of what has been an exhilarating month, Brazil and Netherlands face each other today in the Third Place Final, with pride as the only prize to play for.

Where to watch –

The third-place match kicks off at 4 PM EST/1 PM PST, and this is where viewers in USA can tune in for the game –

English language: ESPN and WatchESPN
Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network and Univision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Referee –

Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)

Starting lineups – 

Brazil: César – Maicon, Silva, Luiz, Maxwell – Gustavo, Paulinho – Ramires, Oscar, Willian – Jô.

Holland: Cillessen; Kuyt, De Vrij, Vlaar, Martins Indi, Blind; Clasie, Wijnaldum, Sneijder; Robben, Van Persie.

Brazil –

Brazil have approached every game in this tournament with supreme vigor and passion, which was depicted perfectly in the charged up and patriotic fashion of singing their national anthem. Today however, a much mooted Brazilian team could be seen, who would still be coming to terms with the 7-1 mauling they were subjected to by Germany.

With nothing to play for, Brazil would at least be doing their best to make sure that the host nation finishes 3rd, rather than 4th.

Netherlands –

The Dutch were outdone by Argentina on penalties, which often is the cruelest way of going out of a competition. Louis van Gaal would be in-charge of Netherlands for the final time today before he takes over the reigns at Manchester United, and will want to end his tenure on a positive note by seeking salvation for his semi-final heartbreak.

The Oranje army have entertained us throughout the tournament and would want to head home on the back of a win.

Do you think this match has any significance to either teams? Would they be motivated enough to give their best performance? Do share your views with us below.

19 thoughts on “Brazil vs Netherlands, Third Place World Cup Game: Starting Lineups, TV Listings And Open Thread”

  1. How that wasn’t a red only the referee knows. Oh wait, it’s Brazil playing at home and the ref doesn’t have the courage and professionalism needed to give the correct card.

    1. I think “they” don’t want a red issued that early (or at all) for either team in a 3rd place game. I was a foul and the Dutch got a PK and goal out of it.

      I don’t think for this game whomever the team(s) are/is a red should be given that early in game unless it was for a nasty foul to injury a player.

      I know what the rule states but it’s a 3rd place game and yes it’s Brazil in Brazil. I felt the same would be done for any home team (no red).

      1. The rules are the rules no matter what minute of the game it is. It was a Red Card and a FK outside the box. The Referee “Ruined the Spectacle” when he didn’t make the correct decision. Regardless of whether team is at home or not that shouldn’t give them a right to circumvent the rules at any time in the match. They’ve been cynical and dirty all tournament.

      1. Yeah sure – just like the “unfair” yellow just issued to Oscar for a dive, which it was not and should have been a pk.

        Robben’s “dive” vs Mexico was a PK and so should have this legit foul been given a pk.

        No home nation favoritism in this case.

  2. Brazil’s back four has once again been completely exposed with how freely they allowed the 2nd Netherlands goal to be scored. Shambles

  3. In watching this World Cup it’s hard to fathom that David Luiz is the most expensive defender in the world and Ron Vlaar is a often derided player at Aston Villa.

  4. Brazil finally get their come-uppance for stealing that 1st game against Croatia with Hulk flop for a penalty. All style and no substance.

  5. Forget scolari&his coaching staff, david luiz has to be the first one to be sacked tomorrow, i would be shocked if i to see him again wearing that shirt. Simply flop.

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