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.READ MORE: Child Dead After Being Struck By a Car in Hollywood
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.READ MORE: World War II-Era Plane Crashes Into Ocean Filled With People During Cocoa Beach Air Show
The loss added to Brazil’s frustration at the home tournament following the disastrous 7-1 defeat to Germany.
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