Brazil vs. Netherlands: Last-Minute Live Stream and Preview for 2014 World Cup

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Brazil vs. Netherlands: Last-Minute Live Stream and Preview for 2014 World Cup
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It has the tag line of a third-place playoff attached to it, but make no mistake, Saturday's encounter between Brazil and the Netherlands has the hallmarked quality of a World Cup final.

Each team suffered defeat for the first time in this year's tournament at the semi-final stage, succumbing to Germany and Argentina, respectively, but now the fight to save face is all that matters.

Ahead of Saturday's meeting, we provide all the necessary viewing information and match preview to ensure you don't miss a trick for the showdown in Brasilia.

 

Date: Saturday, July 12

Time: 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET

Live Stream: ITV Player (UK), ESPN Watch (U.S.)

TV Info: ITV (UK), ESPN (U.S.)

 

Bronze Consolation for Silva

Andre Penner/Associated Press

Thiago Silva's biggest disappointment from the 7-1 loss to Germany will be that his side were ousted from the World Cup running, but perhaps what's most painful is the fact he played no part in it.

Having now served his one-match suspension, the Paris Saint-Germain defender can return to give his side some much-needed reliability at the back, with Sky Sports' Paulo Freitas confirming he'll be in the starting XI:

For Silva, third place is not even close to satisfying the disappointment left in his spirit after watching his side being pummelled to such an embarrassing degree on Tuesday.

However, when spirits can be so low, it's important the tournament hosts finish on a high and at least show some moral fibre in ending proceedings with some positives to take away.

 

Dutch Dynamism Brazil's Undoing?

Frank Augstein/Associated Press

Tactically, one could argue that no team at this World Cup has been as malleable and ever-changing as the Netherlands, with Louis van Gaal's structure allowing for near limitless player combinations and interchanging.

The Manchester Evening News' David Lynch defends the Oranje boss in the wake of Wednesday's exit at the hands of Argentina, assuring that a penalty shootout defeat proves little in terms of strategy:

The Selecao have a more set-in-stone approach, and their 4-3-3 line-up has been the staple of their tournament, but could Scolari change things up in time for Saturday?

 

Scolari Swan Song Not on the Cards

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And speaking of the Brazil manager, this will not be Scolari's final game in charge of the national team, or at least not as far as he is concerned.

Speaking in a press conference in the wake of Tuesday's 7-1 thrashing, Scolari was quoted by the Daily Mail's David Kent as saying:

We have a deal with the CBF until the game on Saturday and after that, probably, we will have a conversation to sort some things out. 

The tournament was not all bad. We had a bad defeat. With all the difficulties we reached the semi-finals. We are a hard-working team, we win together and lose together.

The crash was also the coaching staff, the fans, it was overall, no one understood, and the team from Germany, which is good, took the opportunity.

I cannot explain, I will not justify. An error occurred and this error was fatal. 

If I could explain what happened in those six minutes, I would answer. But I do not know.

Saturday's third-place playoff will sit as something of a testament to just how capable this Brazil team is of bouncing back from a defeat so shocking.

Either that, or the Selecao can remain slumped in their own depression, showing that the current administration may indeed not be the one to take this side forward.

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