News

World Cup: Netherlands blanks Brazil to earn 3rd place

World Cup: Netherlands blanks Brazil to earn 3rd place

The Netherlands Football team Photo: Associated Press/Credit: ATP/WENN.com

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Robin van Persie and Daley Blind scored early goals to help give the Netherlands a 3-0 win over host Brazil in the third-place match at the World Cup on Saturday.

Van Persie converted a penalty kick three minutes into the match after Arjen Robben was brought down by Brazil captain Thiago Silva. Blind added to the lead in the 17th with a shot from near the penalty spot after defender David Luiz made a mistake while trying to clear a cross in front of the goal. Georginio Wijnaldum rounded off the win in injury time.

With the result, the Netherlands finishes a World Cup unbeaten in regular play for the first time. It lost to Argentina on penalties in the semifinals.

The loss added to Brazil’s frustration at the home tournament following the disastrous 7-1 defeat to Germany.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Joe Jonas, Ciara sign on for new variety show

Fresh
ciara

The show, titled "I Can Do That!," will debut this summer.

in Sports

Testimony in Aaron Hernandez trial focuses on fingerprints, texts

aaronhernandez

Prosecutors near Boston are rolling out fingerprint evidence in the murder case of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez.

in Entertainment

John Candy’s ‘Uncle Buck’ headed to TV

unclebuck

The 1989 flick is set for a rebirth on TV with an all-black cast.

in Sports, Viral Videos

Pitcher Curt Schilling takes on Internet trolls

14-overlay

The Red Sox legend is firing back at cyberbullies.

in Entertainment

Actor who played George Costanza’s clueless boss dead at 64

10-overlay1

Daniel Von Bargen was a regular "Seinfeld" character, playing Mr. Kruger on the hit show.