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Netherlands must step up to win Third Place play-off

Netherlands must step up to win Third Place play-off

Although Louis van Gaal strongly objects the conduction of the Third Place play-off, he cannot do anything but to abide with the rules and compete in the said fixture after their semi-final defeat to Argentina on penalties. On Sunday, they will battle out against Brazil, who lost to Germany in the semi-finals on a very tragic way.


Ending up in a much lower placement in the World Cup than four years ago (when they were declared runners up), Netherlands might be feeling very sorry for their country. However, they must step up their game in the play-off to avoid double murder. Against a dejected and heavily humiliated Brazil, Oranje are in a much better position to obtain confidence and score goals to lord the tourney over.


Louis van Gaal heavily criticizes a Third Place match, calling it an “unfair” means to rank squads who otherwise deserve respect and appreciation instead of putting one of them in a sure disaster and heartless shame.


“I think this match should never be played,” said van Gaal in a press meeting. “I’ve been saying this for 10 years. But we’ll just have to play this match.”


“It’s unfair also because we have one less day to recover, so that’s not fair play. But the worst thing is that chances are you lose twice in a row.”


In spite of the objection, Netherlands must do their best to not end up in the last spot of the 2014 FIFA World Cup top four. Facing off against Brazil might be a tough job but they have all the resources, opportunities, and talents to win over their Latino opponents. They have fewer men injured and their unbreakable defense will be their best edge against Selecao.


(Featured image: Netherlands | Source: FIFA)

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