Netherlands

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Photo: Brazil troop off the field after their hammering against Germany (Getty Images)

After suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of Germany in their semi-final, Brazil will be hoping to put on a good show in the third place match against the Netherlands. Luiz Felipe Scolari has come under attack for his tactics against the Germans while many are suggesting that this Selecao team is not as talented as they were made to believe. The Dutch will be looking to add salt to the wounds as the players look to send off their manager on a high.

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Photo: Arjen Robben and Lionel Messi (Getty Images)

The European powerhouse referred to as the 'perennial bridesmaid' of world football the Netherlands, is keen to make it two World Cup finals on the trot much like 1974 and 1978. The Oranje faces Argentina who defeated them in the 1978 final and will be seeking revenge for that defeat. Argentina however will have revenge on their minds as well for their 1998 quarter-final exit at the hands of Dennis Bergkamp's Dutch team.

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Photo: Huntelaar celebrates scoring the winning penalty for the Netherlands, they defeated Mexico 2-1. (Getty Images)

The 'perennial bridesmaid' of world football, the Netherlands, seemed to be down and out but rallied late on to score twice in six minutes and break Mexican hearts. Substitute Klaas Jan Huntelaar replaced his captain Robin van Persie and needed just two critical touches to send Holland to the last eight. The Schalke striker assisted Wesley Sneijder and then converted a penalty in stoppage time.

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Photo: Robben and dos Santos (Getty Images)

CONCACAF giants Mexico heads into their Round of 16 encounter with European powerhouse the Netherlands full of confidence after impressing in the group stages finishing second in Group A ahead of Croatia and Cameroon. They finished on the same points tally as hosts Brazil but with an inferior goal difference to the five time World Champions.

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Photo: Fer celebrates his goal against Chile (Getty Images)

 

With both teams already qualified for the second round of the World Cup, the winner of the game between the Netherlands and Chile was would avoid tournament hosts Brazil in the next round.

With Captain Robin Van Persie absent through suspension, it gave Leroy Fer, who had come on twice to replace his captain in previous games, a chance to play from the start.

The cagey first half failed to deliver much as both teams spent more time nullifying each other than creating opportunities.

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Photo: Memphis Depay scores the winner for the Netherlands against Australia (Getty Images)

 

The new Dutch sensation Memphis Depay has taken a big step towards international stardom after a sizzling performance in his first World Cup game against Australia. The 20 year old who has just completed his third season at PSV, showed the world why he is rated so highly in his home country.

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Photo: Van Persie celebrates with coach van Gaal after scoring wonder goal (Getty Images)

 

The 5-1 hammering of the defending World Cup champions Spain, by the Netherlands yesterday is the stuff of dreams and Dutch captain Robin Van Persie is lost for words.

The Manchester United striker scored an incredible looping header to equalize for his team on the stroke of halftime before getting the fourth goal late in the second half. It was sweet revenge for the Dutch who were beaten 1-0 in the last World Cup final four years ago by Spain.

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Photo: Robin Van Persie heading home the equalizer for the Netherlands against Spain. Van Persie scored two goals as the Dutch ran out 5-1 winners after going behind to a dubious penalty.

 

In a grudge match that is a replay of the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa, Spain and the Netherlands played out an exciting game with some excellent football. However it was the Dutch who ran out 5-1 winners thanks to Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben's braces and a strike from Stefan De Vrij. It was a second half massacre which saw Louis van Gaal's team scoring four times.