World Cup 2014: Winners and Losers from Brazil vs. the Netherlands

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World Cup 2014: Winners and Losers from Brazil vs. the Netherlands
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For Brazil fans, Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to the Netherlands in the 2014 World Cup third-place play-off will only have amplified the disappointment and embarrassment of Tuesday’s 7-1 drubbing at the hands of Germany.

And like that semi-final disaster, it was clear from the outset that the host nation had neither the ability nor mental fortitude for the occasion.

It took the Dutch just three minutes to open the scoring, and thanks to some more defensive errors on the part of the Selecao they were able to add a pair more by the time the final whistle was blown in Brasilia.

Individually and collectively, there were many winners and losers from the match. Following are just a few.

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