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

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World Cup Results 2014: Final Score, Updated Golden Boot Contenders After Day 31
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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 1 Result Team 2
Netherlands 3-0 Brazil

 

Golden Boot Watch

World Cup Goalscorers
Player Country Goals
James Rodriguez Colombia 6
Thomas Mueller Germany 5
Neymar Brazil 4
Lionel Messi Argentina 4
Robin van Persie Netherlands 4
Karim Benzema France 3
Enner Valencia Ecuador 3
Arjen Robben Netherlands 3
Andre Schuerrle Germany 3
Xherdan Shaqiri Switzerland 3
Toni Kroos Germany 2
Oscar Brazil 2
Jackson Martinez Colombia 2
Gervinho Ivory Coast 2
Luis Suarez Uruguay 2
Tim Cahill Australia 2
Mario Mandzukic Croatia 2
Miroslav Klose Germany 2
Ahmed Musa Nigeria 2
Andre Ayew Ghana 2
Clint Dempsey United States 2
Memphis Depay Netherlands 2
Ivan Perisic Croatia 2
Wilfried Bony Ivory Coast 2
Asamoah Gyan Ghana 2
Islam Slimani Algeria 2
Alexis Sanchez Chile 2
Bryan Ruiz Costa Rica 2
Mats Hummels Germany 2
Abdelmoumene Djabou Algeria 2
David Luiz Brazil 2
Georginio Wijnaldum Netherlands 1
Daley Blind Netherlands 1
Angel Di Maria Argentina 1
Kevin De Bruyne Belgium 1
Romelu Lukaku Belgium 1
Julian Green United States 1
Thiago Silva Brazil 1
Avdija Vrsajevic Bosnia and Herzegovina 1
Reza Ghoochannejhad Iran 1
Marcos Rojo Argentina 1
Juan Cuadrado Colombia 1
Andreas Samaris Greece 1
Georgios Samaras Greece 1
Diego Godin Uruguay 1
Blaise Matuidi France 1
Mathieu Valbuena France 1
Moussa Sissoko France 1
Blerim Dzemaili Switzerland 1
Granit Xhaka Switzerland 1
Wayne Rooney England 1
Juan Quintero Colombia 1
Ivica Olic Croatia 1
Mile Jedinak Australia 1
Eduardo Vargas Chile 1
Charles Aranguiz Chile 1
Sami Khedira Germany 1
Sofiane Feghouli Iran 1
Marouane Fellaini Belgium 1
Dries Mertens Belgium 1
Lee Keun-Ho South Korea 1
Alexander Kerzhakov Russia 1
Mario Balotelli Italy 1
Claudio Marchisio Italy 1
Daniel Sturridge England 1
Edinson Cavani Uruguay 1
Joel Campbell Costa Rica 1
Oscar Duarte Costa Rica 1
Marcos Urena Costa Rica 1
Pablo Armero Colombia 1
Teofilo Gutierrez Colombia 1
Stefan de Vrij Netherlands 1
Oribe Peralta Mexico 1
Jorge Valdívia Chile 1
Jean Beausejour Chile 1
Keisuke Honda Japan 1
Admir Mehmedi Switzerland 1
Haris Seferovic Switzerland 1
Carlo Costly Honduras 1
Vedad Ibisevic Bosnia and Herzegovina 1
Olivier Giroud France 1
John Anthony Brooks United States 1
Mario Gotze Germany 1
Edin Dzeko Bosnia and Herzegovina 1
Peter Odemwingie Nigeria 1
Divock Origi Belgium 1
Miralem Pjanic Bosnia and Herzegovina 1
Rafik Halliche Algeria 1
Son Heung Min South Korea 1
Yacine Brahimi Algeria 1
Koo Jacheol South Korea 1
Nani Portugal 1
Jermaine Jones United States 1
Silvestre Varela Portugal 1
David Villa Spain 1
Fernando Torres Spain 1
Juan Mata Spain 1
Leroy Fer Netherlands 1
Rafael Marquez Mexico 1
Andres Guardado Mexico 1
Javier Hernandez Mexico 1
Joel Matip Cameroon 1
Fred Brazil 1
Fernandinho Brazil 1
Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 1
Aleksandr Kokorin Russia 1
Jan Vertonghen Belgium 1
Giovani dos Santos Mexico 1
Wesley Sneijder Netherlands 1
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Netherlands 1
Sokratis Papastathopoulos Greece 1
Paul Pogba France 1
Mesut Ozil Germany 1
Gonzalo Higuain Argentina 1

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. 

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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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