After being booed off the football field in a humiliating fashion following a 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-final stages, Brazil can almost be forgiven for being down in the doldrums and sporting a gaping hole where morale should be. We say ‘almost’ because the fact remains that the Brazilian team had, by some cruel twist of fate, the World Cup 2014 hosts had failed their country and local fans by allowing the Germans to completely decimate them on the pitch. Reeling from that devastating loss, Brazil was hoping to cling on to the last shreds of their reputation by settling for third place as some form of consolation but that would require having to penetrate Dutch defenses and fending off their opponent’s strong offensives.
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Even as the Brazilians (both the players and fans) attempt to recover from the devastating failure that was their 7-1 loss in the semi-finals against Germany, fans still watch and wait anxiously to see if the Brazilian team is able to get back up on its last legs to at least snag the 3rd place ranking in this World Cup. More honestly, the world has the hosts in their sight to see if there might be a repeat of their epic blunder, especially when faced with a surprisingly solid and consistent team such as the Netherlands.
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Taking place a day after the catastrophe that was Brazil’s humiliating downfall on home grounds in a semi-final match against Germany, spectators worldwide were unsure of what to expect from the clash between the Dutch and Argentinians. Strangely enough, just as the Brazil-Germany match was on the extreme end of exciting and sensational, the Netherlands-Argentina match was somewhat boring and uneventful. For much of the match, it seemed as if players on both sides were somewhat hesitant to take on an aggressive stance to lay claim to a goal. Some experts surmised that both teams had taken a lesson from the Brazil-Germany match — Brazil had tried going on the offensive but ended up leaving themselves exposed to a thrashing — and so held back to play it safe. Both teams eventually played out a 120-minute match without scoring any goals.
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As the world is reeling from the spectacularly disappointing (and utterly shocking) performance of Brazil as they were hung out to dry at the hands of the German team, football fans all over the world are bracing themselves for the next semi-finals match that will determine which team will go on to compete against Germany in the World Cup 2014 finals. Both equally strong teams in their own right and each with a solid reputation to boast of, Netherlands’ Oranje and the Argentinians will match wits and athleticism on the football field in less than 12 hours to determine who the better team is.
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Another gripping and exciting World Cup match that took place was the one between Australia’s Socceroos and Netherlands’ Oranje. The Socceroos came amazingly close to defeating their Dutch opponents but even though they lost out this time around, the Australian footballers pulled pretty impressive moves that will surely go down as one of the most memorable in the World Cup 2014 season.
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