World Cup 2014 Scores: 3rd-Place Game Results, Updated Bracket After Day 31

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIJuly 12, 2014

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JULY 12:  Daley Blind of the Netherlands (2nd L) celebrates scoring his team's second goal with Ron Vlaar (L), Georginio Wijnaldum (2nd R) and Bruno Martins Indi during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Third Place Playoff match between Brazil and the Netherlands at Estadio Nacional on July 12, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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Host country Brazil and the Netherlands took to the pitch on Saturday in the 2014 World Cup's third-place game, in an effort to gain some redemption from their previous losses.

Brazil was once again without star player Neymar and entered the contest longing to bounce back from its embarrassing 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals.

As for the Netherlands, goalscoring was a priority, as the team was forced into penalty shootouts in each of its last two matches, following respective 0-0 draws after extra time.

Ending the World Cup with two consecutive losses after an impressive deep run is a fate both the Brazilians and Dutch were looking to avoid. So, which team emerged victorious?

Let's take a look at the match's final score, the updated tournament bracket and recap Saturday's action.


Third-Place Game Results

2014 World Cup Third-Place Game Final Score
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Updated Bracket


The full tournament bracket can be viewed at


Game Recap

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JULY 12:  (L-R) Hulk, Neymar and Dani Alves of Brazil look on from the bench during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Third Place Playoff match between Brazil and the Netherlands at Estadio Nacional on July 12, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (
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After giving up seven goals to Germany in the semifinals, the last thing Brazil wanted to do was concede an early score once again—especially to a dangerous Dutch attack. Well, Thiago Silva didn't exactly make that easy for his team.

Here's a look at Silva's mishap that somehow didn't lead to a red card, courtesy of Bleacher Report UK:

That may not have led to a sending off, but it sure led to a penalty kick for the Dutch.

Robin van Persie quickly got the Netherlands on the board with this fine strike from the spot:

Certainly, giving up a goal in the third minute was not in Brazil's plans. But that would mark the end of the team's ongoing struggles, right?

Not so fast.

Just 14 minutes later, Daley Blind made it 2-0 for the Dutch after this horrid play from David Luiz:

This goal led to a two-score lead for the Netherlands at the half, and set an unfavorable new World Cup record for Brazil, via Fox Soccer:

The second half featured the Dutch finding some more opportunities to increase their lead; however, they came mostly on the counter attack due to some poor Brazilian passing.

Brazil maintained the majority of the possession, and it seemed as though it was poised to bring the game within a goal when Oscar broke into the penalty area, but the referee saw it differently.

ESPN FC begs the question:

Here's a great up-close look at the incident, courtesy of LiveFootball:

Unfortunately for the Brazilians, that would turn out to be the team's most legitimate chance of coming away with an elusive score for the remainder of the contest.

The Dutch would also add insult to injury, scoring one final goal in the 91st minute, courtesy of Georginio Wijnaldum. This tweet from Bleacher Report UK pretty much sums things up for Brazil:

With the 3-0 victory, the Netherlands officially finish in third place for this year's World Cup while Brazil will attempt to figure out how things went drastically wrong without Neymar on the pitch.