Oh, the dreaded third-place playoff match.
Dismissed by many and craved by few, the “consolation final” actually took on more importance this time around. It offered Brazil a chance to pick up the remnants of their dignity which was so brutally smashed into pieces by Germany in Belo Horizonte. An opportunity to apply some balm and gauze to the nation’s wound, and finish the World Cup with their heads held high.
It wasn’t to be. Instead, the Netherlands poured gasoline on the fire, beating the hosts 3-0. Brazil’s second capitulation in a week’s time — the first time they’ve lost consecutive home matches since 1940 — seemed all but a forgone conclusion by thetime Thiago Silva took down Arjen Robben in the second minute for a Dutch penalty (Silva was more than lucky not to be sent off, though he probably would have preferred watching the rest from the locker room).
If you have schadenfreude or no heart and would like to recount Brazil’s latest disaster, here are the best tweets from Saturday’s third-place match:
2nd minute: Robin van Persie converts the penalty; Brazil’s defense picks up where it left off on Tuesday:
Not even Germany scored this early.— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven)July 12, 2014
Joga Bonito. Born: 1958. Died: 2014.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch)July 12, 2014
How is that not a red card?!?!? 🙈🙈🙈🙉— Aron Jóhannsson (@aronjo20)July 12, 2014
If you are going to play a 3rd place game, then make sure you officiate it like a game. Ridiculous no red card for Silva and #BRA— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman)July 12, 2014
Might have been outside box, but yet another red escaped by Brazil in this tournament.— Jonathan Wilson (@jonawils)July 12, 2014
Brazil had choice: to channel spirit of absent Neymar, or that of absent Fred. Clearly elected to go with latter— roger bennett (@rogbennett)July 12, 2014
16th minute: David Luiz with a “clearing” header back into the center of the eighteen. Daley Blind is there. 2-0 to the “bad guys.”
What possible purpose does it serve anyone for Brazil to be humiliated all over again at their own World Cup? Hate this. #pointlessplayoff— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan)July 12, 2014
I’ve never seen the #GER national team wear blue kits like this— Todd Fuhrman (@ToddFuhrman)July 12, 2014
Apparently David Luis didn’t learn that u8 1st rule as defender. Never head ball back into middle of play.— Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy)July 12, 2014
£50m for David Luiz pic.twitter.com/UHUlUVm1ds— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys)July 12, 2014
Entire Brazilian nation must feel like Jennifer Aniston if forced to attend Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie wedding— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers)July 12, 2014
Are we El Salvador in disguise?— Fernando Duarte (@Fernando_Duarte)July 12, 2014
I’m starting to think that the German performance against Brazil was only average.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker)July 12, 2014
Look away Brazil fans! Some halftime stats:
Brazil has conceded 9 goals in the last 100 minutes (1 goal per 12 minutes). Incredible.— MisterChip (English) (@MisterChiping)July 12, 2014
Brazil has allowed nine goals in the last three halves, after allowing nine goals in its previous 12 WC games.— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN)July 12, 2014
— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz)July 12, 2014
Second half: Brazil should be awarded a penalty after a clear foul on Oscar. Instead, Algerian referee Djamel Haimoudi shows Oscar a yellow card for diving!
Oscar only player in World Cup to win something yellow for acting. #coincidence— Kyle Martino (@kylemartino)July 12, 2014
The way the officiating has been in this tournament, the first yellow for diving coming in the 3rd place match on a non-dive is fitting.— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT)July 12, 2014
Oh, so this referee isn’t for #BRA, he’s just bad— Seth Vertelney (@svertgoalcom)July 12, 2014
FT: Georginio Wijnaldum scores a third for the Dutch in injury time. Shortly after the referee puts Brazil out of their World Cup misery:
Humiliation for Brazil. An $11 billion catastrophe. Very cruel.— Jamie Trecker (@JamieTreckerFOX)July 12, 2014
Maybe Brazil should have just lost to Chile in the Round of 16. Somehow that would have been less painful.— NYT Sports (@NYTSports)July 12, 2014
Does anyone know the Portuguese word for “dumpster fire?” Is it “Selecao?”— Sam Borden (@SamBorden)July 12, 2014
Console yourselves, Brazil. You could be England. #worldcup— John Cross (@johncrossmirror)July 12, 2014
How many goals conceded in the last two games? pic.twitter.com/uKWOcAGeKL— Seth Vertelney (@svertgoalcom)July 12, 2014
BREAKING: Wenger bids for entire Brazil squad after impressive 4th place finish.— GeniusFootball (@GeniusFootball)July 12, 2014
Hey, we’ve gotta use Arsenal jokes while we still can!
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