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World Cup Results 2014: Final Score, Updated Golden Boot Contenders After Day 31

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JULY 12:  Robin van Persie of the Netherlands celebrates scoring  his team's first goal on a penalty kick 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 Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJuly 12, 2014

For Brazil, the 2014 World Cup ended in a whimper. After being routed by Germany 7-1 in the semifinals, the indignity continued against the Netherlands in the third-place game.

With third place on the line, the Brazilians offered another hapless performance, losing to the Dutch 3-0. Yes, that means Brazil closed the World Cup by giving up 10 goals and scoring just one in their last two games.

Really, there aren't any adjectives to properly describe that collapse. Cataclysmic might come close.

Below, we'll take a look back on the third-place match, along with reviewing the Golden Boot chase. There's still the small matter of finding out if any players in the final can catch James Rodriguez for that award, after all. 

 

Results

Third-Place Game
Team 1ResultTeam 2
Netherlands3-0Brazil

 

Golden Boot Watch

World Cup Goalscorers
PlayerCountryGoals
James RodriguezColombia6
Thomas MuellerGermany5
NeymarBrazil4
Lionel MessiArgentina4
Robin van PersieNetherlands4
Karim BenzemaFrance3
Enner ValenciaEcuador3
Arjen RobbenNetherlands3
Andre SchuerrleGermany3
Xherdan ShaqiriSwitzerland3
Toni KroosGermany2
OscarBrazil2
Jackson MartinezColombia2
GervinhoIvory Coast2
Luis SuarezUruguay2
Tim CahillAustralia2
Mario MandzukicCroatia2
Miroslav KloseGermany2
Ahmed MusaNigeria2
Andre AyewGhana2
Clint DempseyUnited States2
Memphis DepayNetherlands2
Ivan PerisicCroatia2
Wilfried BonyIvory Coast2
Asamoah GyanGhana2
Islam SlimaniAlgeria2
Alexis SanchezChile2
Bryan RuizCosta Rica2
Mats HummelsGermany2
Abdelmoumene DjabouAlgeria2
David LuizBrazil2
Georginio WijnaldumNetherlands1
Daley BlindNetherlands1
Angel Di MariaArgentina1
Kevin De BruyneBelgium1
Romelu LukakuBelgium1
Julian GreenUnited States1
Thiago SilvaBrazil1
Avdija VrsajevicBosnia and Herzegovina1
Reza GhoochannejhadIran1
Marcos RojoArgentina1
Juan CuadradoColombia1
Andreas SamarisGreece1
Georgios SamarasGreece1
Diego GodinUruguay1
Blaise MatuidiFrance1
Mathieu ValbuenaFrance1
Moussa SissokoFrance1
Blerim DzemailiSwitzerland1
Granit XhakaSwitzerland1
Wayne RooneyEngland1
Juan QuinteroColombia1
Ivica OlicCroatia1
Mile JedinakAustralia1
Eduardo VargasChile1
Charles AranguizChile1
Sami KhediraGermany1
Sofiane FeghouliIran1
Marouane FellainiBelgium1
Dries MertensBelgium1
Lee Keun-HoSouth Korea1
Alexander KerzhakovRussia1
Mario BalotelliItaly1
Claudio MarchisioItaly1
Daniel SturridgeEngland1
Edinson CavaniUruguay1
Joel CampbellCosta Rica1
Oscar DuarteCosta Rica1
Marcos UrenaCosta Rica1
Pablo ArmeroColombia1
Teofilo GutierrezColombia1
Stefan de VrijNetherlands1
Oribe PeraltaMexico1
Jorge ValdíviaChile1
Jean BeausejourChile1
Keisuke HondaJapan1
Admir MehmediSwitzerland1
Haris SeferovicSwitzerland1
Carlo CostlyHonduras1
Vedad IbisevicBosnia and Herzegovina1
Olivier GiroudFrance1
John Anthony BrooksUnited States1
Mario GotzeGermany1
Edin DzekoBosnia and Herzegovina1
Peter OdemwingieNigeria1
Divock OrigiBelgium1
Miralem PjanicBosnia and Herzegovina1
Rafik HallicheAlgeria1
Son Heung MinSouth Korea1
Yacine BrahimiAlgeria1
Koo JacheolSouth Korea1
NaniPortugal1
Jermaine JonesUnited States1
Silvestre VarelaPortugal1
David VillaSpain1
Fernando TorresSpain1
Juan MataSpain1
Leroy FerNetherlands1
Rafael MarquezMexico1
Andres GuardadoMexico1
Javier HernandezMexico1
Joel MatipCameroon1
FredBrazil1
FernandinhoBrazil1
Cristiano RonaldoPortugal1
Aleksandr KokorinRussia1
Jan VertonghenBelgium1
Giovani dos SantosMexico1
Wesley SneijderNetherlands1
Klaas-Jan HuntelaarNetherlands1
Sokratis PapastathopoulosGreece1
Paul PogbaFrance1
Mesut OzilGermany1
Gonzalo HiguainArgentina1
Saturday's scorers highlighted

 

Recap

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Brazilian football is about to undergo a major change. 

After the 7-1 drubbing against the Germans, that much was certain. But the Brazilians were a listless, uninspired bunch against the Netherlands, too, and were the Dutch a bit more cruel and proactive, they might have beaten Brazil by a score far more lopsided than 3-0. 

A small part of Brazilian football died in the past week. Reawakening it in four years for the 2018 World Cup now has to become the goal. 

It was obvious pretty quickly that the Brazilians weren't quite up for this match, and it didn't take the Dutch long to strike. Within minutes, Arjen Robben had broken free and looked to be alone at goal, but Thiago Silva pulled his shoulder and Robben, as he is wont to do, accentuated the contact and fell to the floor. 

Without doubt, however, a foul had been committed. Unbelievably, the official didn't give Silva a red card, instead pulling the yellow from his pocket. That wasn't the only thing he ruled incorrectly on the play—replays would show the foul had actually occurred just outside of the box.

No matter. The Dutch had a penalty, and Robin van Persie calmly stepped up to take it, ripping home game's first goal and breaking a streak he was likely quite glad to erase, per ESPN FC:

Not long after, the Brazilian defense would cost them again. 

After another Dutch rush, David Luiz failed to clear a cross into the box, instead heading the ball directly to Daley Blind, who made no mistake with his shot.

So poor was Brazil's start that, well, it can be safely said the team didn't resemble a Brazilian side at all. No one put it better than the daughter of Juan Arango from World Soccer Talk:

How right she was.

Thankfully, the Brazilians were better in the second half. Heck, they were even unlucky, as Oscar was awarded a yellow card for simulation—shockingly, the first in this tournament, while Arjen Robben surely looked on in bemusement after his flop-happy World Cup—in the box despite replays clearly showing he was fouled. 

That would have cut the lead in half had Brazil been awarded the penalty and converted it. Several other chances went awry as well, as touches were poor at the wrong time or crosses weren't quite met by Brazilians in the box. 

To add insult to injury, Georginio Wijnaldum would score late, sealing Brazil's fate and leaving anybody who watched them limp through the final two games left bewildered by what had transpired. 

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JULY 04:  A bug lands on the arm of James Rodriguez of Colombia as he celebrates scoring his team's first goal on a penalty kick during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between Brazil and Colombia at Castelao on July
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One thing that didn't change, however, was the Golden Boot chase. James Rodriguez is still in the lead, with only Thomas Mueller and Lionel Messi having a legitimate shot at catching him (Germany's Andre Schuerrle is within a hat trick of Rodriguez, but likely won't even start the final).

Mueller needs just one goal to earn the Golden Boot, since he has notched more assists (three) than Rodriguez (two). Messi, meanwhile, will likely need a hat-trick to catch Rodriguez, though he could also earn the award with two goals and two assists. 

Both seem unlikely. But nothing is impossible when it comes to Messi

Still, you'd like to see Rodriguez come away with some sort of hardware for his performance at this year's World Cup. He's unlikely to receive the Golden Ball as the top player since Colombia only reached the quarterfinals, but anyone who watched him thought he was simply superb in Brazil.

Including Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who shared his thoughts on the player with Liam Prenderville of the Mirror:

...I know Rodriguez well because he plays in the French Championship for Monaco and I was absolutely amazed by the quality of his games. For me it was the intelligence of his passing, the suppleness of him and the fluency of his game. It also was the speed of his decision making. The penetrative passes he made were just absolutely fantastic. You just wanted to see him have the ball and when you want somebody to have the ball it is always a sign of exceptional quality and he definitely has that.

That's high praise from a man who knows a thing or two about footy. And it sums up beautifully what most people who watched him play came away thinking. 

Rodriguez won't win the Golden Ball. Heck, he might lose out on the Golden Boot, too. But years from now when we talk about this year's World Cup, one of the players we'll all remember is Rodriguez. 

And not even Mueller or Messi can take that away from him.

 

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