Brazil v Netherlands
11 July 2014, 17:57
Rio De Janeiro - Brazil will be desperate to put their disastrous 2014 World Cup
semi-final defeat behind them when they face the Netherlands in the third-place
play-off on Saturday.
The host nation's adventure came to an agonising end at the
last-four after they suffered a humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany, a result
which marked the Samba Kings' worst loss in their entire history.
Luiz Felipe Scolari's men will now look to scrap together any
semblance of respect when they walk out at Estadio Nacional this weekend.
The Dutch, meanwhile, find themselves in the battle for bronze
after their bid to secure back-to-back World Cup final appearances was ended
against Argentina after they went down 4-2 on penalties following a goalless
On the team front, Brazil will be able to welcome captain Thiago
Silva back from suspension, but Neymar remains out after he fractured a
vertebrae during the quarter-final win over Colombia.
Fred, meanwhile, is expected to be dropped from the starting XI,
having been largely booed by the home fans during their semi-final implosion,
meaning Chelsea's Willian could get the chance to impress from the off.
For the Netherlands, Michael Vorm could get his first taste of
World Cup action, with the keeper the only one of the 23-man squad to yet
feature at the South American showpiece.