Saturday, July 12, 2014
Brazil (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Cesar; Maicon, Luiz, Dante, Marcelo; Gustavo, Fernandinho; Willian, Oscar, Hulk; Fred.
Holland (Possible, 5-3-2): Cillesen; Kuyt, De Vrij, Vlaar, Martins Indi, Depay; Wijnaldum, Sneijder, Blind; Robben, Van Persie.
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)
It remains to be seen if Luiz Felipe Scolari scuffles his pack to give fringe players some action or offers those who suffered at the hands of Germany the opportunity of redemption.
Brazil’s humiliation and embarrassment following the 7-1 thrashing by Germany means this is nothing more than a wake.
It should be pointed out that Luiz Felipe Scolari took his team one step further than the quarter-final finish in each of their previous two World Cup finals.
That will not make it any easier as they head for their fourth third/fourth play-off match but first since 1978 when they beat Italy 2-1.
Finishing third is no mean achievement but even bronze will do little to mend the wounds of Tuesday’s horror show.
Holland, by contrast, are here because of a penalty shoot-out and third place may come as some consolation.
Stat of the game: If Brazil concede one more goal they will have let in exactly 100 in World Cup final tournaments. It will also be the 12th they have conceded in this edition, a club record eclipsing the 11 they let in 1938 – when they finished third.