Tuesday, April 21, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Netherlands hands Brazil another tough loss

By
From page B8 | July 13, 2014 |

APTOPIX Brazil Soccer WCup Brazil Netherlands

Netherlands' Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates after scoring the final goal of his team's 3-0 win over Brazil in the World Cup third-place match on Saturday. AP photo

BRASILIA, Brazil — When it was all over, it was the Netherlands receiving a standing ovation from the Brazilian crowd. Brazil walked off the field to boos, after another demoralizing loss to end its home World Cup.

The Netherlands’ remarkable campaign ended on a high note after Robin van Persie and Daley Blind scored early goals to help give the team a 3-0 win over Brazil in the third-place game on Saturday.

“We can look back at a very successful tournament,” said Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal. “I’m proud of my players.”

The Netherlands finishes a World Cup unbeaten in regular play for the first time, having lost to Argentina on penalties in the semifinals. After finishing runner-up in 2010, the third place is the best position for the Dutch squad since it lost the final in 1974 and 1978.

The Brazilian fans loudly greeted the Dutch players after they received the third-place medals, applauding on their feet.

“I would like to thank all people in Brazil for their great support,” Arjen Robben said. “For us it was the best way to end this tournament. We fully deserved third place the way we played. It’s a very big achievement.”

The loss added to Brazil’s frustration at the home tournament following the disastrous 7-1 defeat to Germany. After the final whistle, the team was loudly booed by the nearly 70,000 fans that attended the match at the National Stadium in Brasilia. Many had already left even before the late third goal by the Dutch. It’s the first time since 1940 that Brazil lost two consecutive competitive games on home soil.

“It’s a terrible feeling, I don’t know what to say,” Oscar said. “After a huge loss to Germany, (Saturday) we tried our best from the beginning to win third place but it wasn’t our day. We have to see what went wrong so we can improve for the future.”

Brazil conceding 14 goals in the tournament, the most ever for the team. The previous worst had been 11 goals in the 1938 World Cup. Now it conceded 10 in its last two games.

“It was supposed to be an even match but after the early goal things started going their way,” Scolari said. “I don’t think we played that bad. The players fought hard from the start. They created chances, so it’s difficult to lose 3-0. But they deserve all the credit in the end, they reached the semifinals.”

Van Persie converted a penalty kick three minutes into the match after Robben was brought down by Brazil captain Thiago Silva on the edge of the area. Blind added to the lead in the 17th with a shot from near the penalty spot after defender David Luiz made a mistake while trying to clear a cross in front of the goal. Georginio Wijnaldum rounded off the win in injury time with a shot inside the near post.

“The most beautiful was our resilience. We were knocked out but we came back and finished third,” Wijnaldum said. “We wanted to close it out well.”

Brazil looked lost from the start, making many of the same defensive mistakes that marked the historic defeat to the Germans four days ago. The Netherlands took advantage with quick passes and speed in the attack.

Silva had to foul Robben after being beaten on the run, leading to van Persie’s firm left-foot shot into the right upper corner to put the Dutch ahead.

The Dutch wanted a red card for Silva for a professional foul, but Algerian referee Djamel Haimoudi only gave him a yellow. Silva had missed the semifinal against Germany because of a yellow card suspension.

Blind added to the lead after Luiz failed to clear a cross, heading the ball right back to the Dutch defender for an easy goal.

Wijnaldum closed the scoring in injury time with a goal from inside the area after a cross by Daryl Janmaat.

“It’s frustrating,” Silva said. “We didn’t deserve to have it end like this. But unfortunately it’s football. I have to apologize to our people. The fans supported us even during the 7-1 loss and again (Saturday). They booed in the end, but it was normal. They have feelings too.”

It was the fourth time Brazil played in a third-place match. It beat Sweden in 1938 and Italy in 1978, and the only other loss had come against Poland in 1974.

The Netherlands had played in the third-place match one other time. It fell to Croatia 2-1 in 1998 after being beaten by Brazil in the semifinals.

Van Gaal, in his final match with the Netherlands before joining Manchester United, had to play without midfielder Wesley Sneijder, who was injured while warming up for the game.

Scolari made six changes from the team that started in the loss against Germany, the national team’s worst defeat in its 100-year history.

Comments

comments

The Associated Press

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
    Woodland murder suspect claims history of abuse

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

    Public forum will explore community choice energy options

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

     
    Annual tribute promotes engaging, empowering crime victims

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Log cabin home is a true labor of love

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    The camp around the corner: Day camp benefits kids and families

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

    Ready to give a resident camp a try? Tips to ease the homesick blues

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    Buddhist groups host SanghaFest on Saturday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

    Vote with your dollars at Davis Food Co-op

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    UCD study: Colorblind bilingual programs can perpetuate bias

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    Davis Kids Klub offers a true summer camp

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    Immigrant teens share their dreams at YIIN dinner

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A7 | Gallery

     
    AAUW hosts Yamada speech on Tuesday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

    Round up at the registers for Davis schools

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8Comments are off for this post

     
    Free Family Bike Clinic set Sunday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    Online courses a cure-all? UCD study says think again

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    Alternatives to violence explored

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    Show tunes take center stage at sing-along

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

     
    Paws for Thought: Hero dogs go above and beyond

    By Evelyn Dale | From Page: A8 | Gallery

    Patwin is ‘Where The Wild Things Walk’

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    Rotary Club hosts whisky tasting

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

    Spend a morning with the mayor

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    Celebrate Mexican culture at I-House

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    Achievement gap to be addressed at symposium

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

    Suicide awareness walk set April 25 at UC Davis

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    Tour de Cluck tickets on sale now

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    Pets of the week

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10 | Gallery

     
    Court ruling could limit drought-fighting tools

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

    .

    Forum

    Gratitude all around for the Breakfast for Heroes

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

     
    Broad new vaccination law is a must

    By Tom Elias | From Page: B4

    Seniors, you CAN get there from here

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4 | Gallery

     
    Spread the good word, people

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5Comments are off for this post

    Hey, do you want that glaucoma fixed?

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5Comments are off for this post

     
    .

    Sports

    Devils edge closer to Delta League soccer title

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    DHS thunders past the Herd

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Wong leads UCD charge in Big West women’s golf tourney

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    UCD boxing club making a name on the national scene

    By Dylan Lee | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    DHS girls basketball pioneer Iten dies

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    UCD assistant professor to give lecture at de Young Museum

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    Rockabilly music will fill the park Wednesday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11 | Gallery

    One-man show ‘Buyer and Cellar’ brings non-stop laughter

    By Bev Sykes | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    Hear Wealth of Nations at winery

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    ‘Frozen’ Mini-Musicals to be presented

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    Baldini to conduct Camellia Symphony

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11 | Gallery

    DMTC sets auditions for ‘Evita’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    Stories told at Third Space

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    Robert Leigh Cordrey

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

     
    Ruth Rodenbeck Stumpf

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    Alice Catherine Micheltorena

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (set 1)

    By Creator | From Page: B5

     
    Comics: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (set 2)

    By Creator | From Page: B7