World Cup Schedule 2014: Brazil vs. Netherlands Start Time, Live Stream, TV Info

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVJuly 12, 2014

Netherland's forward Arjen Robben controls the ball during a training session at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, July 11, 2014. Dutch squad plays Saturday's third-place match against host Brazil.(AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
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Their World Cup hopes have been crushed in painful fashion, but Brazil and the Netherlands both have a chance to take to the pitch one more time at this World Cup for a chance to become the third-place finishers. 

The spirits of the host country are down after one of the most shocking semifinals in World Cup history. Brazil were crushed 7-1 by Germany in humiliating fashion. 

The Netherlands came awfully close to reaching Sunday's final, but fell to Argentina on penalty kicks. After key saves from Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the shootout, the Dutch were ousted. 

But neither side is done yet in Brazil, as there's a third-place medal to play for as well as the pride of not wanting to end with two straight defeats.

Here's a look at everything you need to know for the Brazil-Netherlands affair.


When: Saturday, July 12

Where: Estadio Nacional, Brasilia, Brazil

Start Time: 4 p.m. ET


Live Stream: WatchESPN


Match Preview

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Two elite footballing nations, Brazil and the Netherlands had their sights set much higher than the third-place match only days ago, but they still have a big opportunity on Saturday.

After the elimination stage begins in the round of 16, teams only have one opportunity to go out with a win after losing. Both these sides will get that chance, and the winner will have the right to call themselves third-place finishers at the 2014 World Cup.

Of course, getting up for this type of match will certainly prove difficult for players on both sides. Emotions for the Brazilians and the Dutch were crushed in very different ways in the semifinal round, and there's no doubt many of their players are ready for a short break.

But with only one chance every four years to leave your mark on a World Cup, the opportunity to go out as winners and finish in the top trio is more than enough motivation.

As told by Fox Sports, Saturday's third-place match should be far from boring despite the lower stakes:

Whatever the coaches and managers decide to say to up the ante even more for Saturday's match, all the reason needed to watch lies in the attack.

Although they haven't scored any goals in their last 240 minutes of play, the Netherlands maintain one of the world's top attacks. Led by winger Arjen Robben, striker Robin van Persie and penetrating midfielder Wesley Sneijder, they can open up any defense.

Except Argentina's, it seemed. Here's a look provided by Squawka Football of Robben being shut down by the Argentine defense:

Against Brazil, the Dutch could be in for much more success, given the host nation just gave up seven goals against Germany—five in the first 30 minutes. The Netherlands attack might not open things up quite like Germany, but it would be surprising to see another scoreless finish from the Dutch.

One major difference that the Brazilians will see from the Germans to the Dutch is the style of the attack.

While Germany dominates the midfield with crisp passing, the Netherlands opt to play things aerially. illustrated their tendency to play long balls:

On the other side, Brazil have the quality up front to contend even without Neymar. Though Fred still needs to get going in the striker position, Oscar scored against Germany and Bernard has the pace to cause problems.

Shoring up the midfield should be the top priority for Brazil, however. There was nothing in the middle of the pitch to speak of against Germany, meaning whoever starts in the midfield—whether it's Fernandinho, Luiz Gustavo or Paulinho—needs to make an impact. 

The 7-1 scoreline will forever go down in infamy among Brazil fans, but they have one last chance to make their mark on their home World Cup. While their semifinal defeat will always be a painful memory, a win over the Dutch would lift their spirits considerably.