Brazil's coach Dunga will be ripped to pieces by a furious Brazilian media as a team that was expected to come home with the trophy instead returns from South Africa a week too early.
The main source of anger is likely to focus on his midfield selection of Gilberto, Felipe Melo and Dani Alves, which many people will feel is far too defensively minded for a Brazil team.
Dunga’s attacking strategy was probably based around the fact that his flying fullbacks, Maicon and Michel Bastos, would be able to get forward to support the forward trio of Kaka, Robinho and Luis Fabiano.
However, Van Marwijk’s starting lineup showed that he had a simple plan to counter Brazil.
Dirk Kuyt, who used to be a forward before being transformed into a right-sided midfielder at Liverpool, found himself playing on the left side of midfield.
Kuyt was never going to keep his position on the right, given the return of Arjen Robben, but Van Marwijk did have alternatives to stationing a right-footed player on the wrong side.
But Kuyt, an industrious player, and his hard work and tireless running meant he was an ideal choice to face Maicon.
Any time the Brazilian moved into Holland’s half of the pitch he found himself looking at the Dutchman’s less-than-attractive face.
Kuyt’s diligence at tracking back was matched by his efforts to join any Dutch attack, so Maicon frequently found himself on his back foot.
Ultimately, one of Brazil’s most potent attacking weapons was nullified by Van Marwijk’s smart selection of Kuyt.
Stopping Brazil’s left-back Michel Bastos from joining the attack proved to be an even simpler task.
Faced with handling the tricky runs of Robben—who was constantly in advanced positions—Bastos simply had to stick to his man and was never able to get forward.
The duel between these players would also become much more significant in the second half.