It took less than two minutes for Brazil to regain their semifinal form. Arjen Robben was played through with a pass and got behind the Brazilian defense. Thiago Silva pulled him down on a clear foul as the last defender. He was fortunate not to earn a red card. –Let’s be honest if there wasn’t 88 minutes left and in Brazil, he would have received it instead of yellow.
Netherlands, which went scoreless in the semifinal, didn’t take long to expose a shaky Brazilian side and already begin the scoring fest that usually accompanies this match. The previous three third place matches at a World Cup have produced 14 total goals.
Update: Daley Blind has added another goal for the Netherlands who now lead 2-0.