Brazil at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

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The following article concerns the performance of Brazil at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. They played their first home-soil World Cup after 64 years, since the 1950 World Cup, and thus were automatically qualified for the group stage.

Brazil qualified as first at their group, winning two matches (Croatia and Cameroon) and drawing one (Mexico).

They eventually reached the semi-finals, beating Chile and Colombia. Brazil, however, were then knocked out by the eventual champions Germany in a match known as the Mineirazo. In the third-place match, Brazil lost to Netherlands and therefore ended the tournament in fourth place.

Host selection[edit]

Announcing of Brazil as hosts, 2007

In March 2003, FIFA announced that the tournament would be held in South America for the first time since 1978, in line with its then-active policy of rotating the right to host the World Cup among different confederations.[1][2] The decision meant that it would be the first time that two consecutive World Cups were staged outside Europe and the first time two consecutive World Cups were held in the Southern Hemisphere (the 2010 edition was held in South Africa).[3] Only Brazil and Colombia formally declared their candidacy but, after the withdrawal of the latter from the process,[4] Brazil was officially elected as host nation unopposed on 30 October 2007.[5]

Pre-Tournament Friendlies[edit]

Squad[edit]

Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari

The final squad was announced on 7 May 2014.[6] The squad numbers were revealed on 2 June.[7] Neymar suffered a fractured vertebra following a foul by Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zúñiga in the quarter-final; it was announced that Neymar would miss the remainder of the tournament.[8]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
1 1GK Jefferson (1983-01-02)2 January 1983 (aged 31) 9 Brazil Botafogo
2 2DF Dani Alves (1983-05-06)6 May 1983 (aged 31) 75 Spain Barcelona
3 2DF Thiago Silva (c) (1984-09-22)22 September 1984 (aged 29) 46 France Paris Saint-Germain
4 2DF David Luiz (1987-04-22)22 April 1987 (aged 27) 36 England Chelsea[9]
5 3MF Fernandinho (1985-05-04)4 May 1985 (aged 29) 7 England Manchester City
6 2DF Marcelo (1988-05-12)12 May 1988 (aged 26) 31 Spain Real Madrid
7 4FW Hulk (1986-07-25)25 July 1986 (aged 27) 35 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
8 3MF Paulinho (1988-07-25)25 July 1988 (aged 25) 26 England Tottenham Hotspur
9 4FW Fred (1983-10-03)3 October 1983 (aged 30) 33 Brazil Fluminense
10 4FW Neymar (1992-02-05)5 February 1992 (aged 22) 49 Spain Barcelona
11 3MF Oscar (1991-09-09)9 September 1991 (aged 22) 31 England Chelsea
12 1GK Júlio César (1979-09-03)3 September 1979 (aged 34) 80 Canada Toronto FC[10]
13 2DF Dante (1983-10-18)18 October 1983 (aged 30) 12 Germany Bayern Munich
14 2DF Maxwell (1981-08-27)27 August 1981 (aged 32) 9 France Paris Saint-Germain
15 2DF Henrique (1986-10-14)14 October 1986 (aged 27) 5 Italy Napoli
16 3MF Ramires (1987-03-24)24 March 1987 (aged 27) 42 England Chelsea
17 3MF Luiz Gustavo (1987-07-23)23 July 1987 (aged 26) 19 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
18 3MF Hernanes (1985-05-29)29 May 1985 (aged 29) 24 Italy Internazionale
19 3MF Willian (1988-08-09)9 August 1988 (aged 25) 7 England Chelsea
20 4FW Bernard (1992-09-08)8 September 1992 (aged 21) 11 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
21 4FW (1987-03-20)20 March 1987 (aged 27) 17 Brazil Atlético Mineiro
22 1GK Victor (1983-01-21)21 January 1983 (aged 31) 6 Brazil Atlético Mineiro
23 2DF Maicon (1981-07-26)26 July 1981 (aged 32) 72 Italy Roma

Group stage[edit]

Brazil vs Croatia[edit]

The two teams had met in two previous matches, including in the 2006 World Cup group stage, won by Brazil 1–0.[11] Croatia forward Mario Mandžukić was suspended for the match, after being sent off in the team's final qualifier against Iceland.[12]

Croatia opened the scoring through a Marcelo own goal, as the ball bounced off him into the net after Nikica Jelavić deflected Ivica Olić's cross.[13] Neymar equalised for the hosts with a 25-yard (23 m) shot after receiving a pass from Oscar.[14] In the second half, Brazil took the lead with Neymar's penalty after Dejan Lovren was judged to have fouled Fred in the penalty area.[14] Croatia had a potential equaliser disallowed, after a foul was called on the Brazilian goalkeeper, Júlio César.[15][16][17] In added time, Oscar sealed the win, toe-poking the third goal for Brazil from 22 yards (20 m) after receiving a pass from Ramires.[14]

Post-match, FIFA referees chief, Massimo Busacca, defended the officials for awarding the penalty, and insisted there had been some contact between Lovren and Fred even if it was minimal.[18] On the other hand, renowned former top-level FIFA referee Markus Merk criticised FIFA for having Yuichi Nishimura as the referee in the opening match, labelling the refereeing in the match as "embarrassing".[19]

The game was notable for a number of pioneering events. This was the first occasion in FIFA World Cup history on which an own goal (which was also the first ever own goal scored by Brazil in World Cup finals) opened scoring in the tournament. As the first game played at this World Cup, the match also saw the first use of vanishing spray to mark free kick spots, and the advent of goal-line technology, two innovations introduced during the tournament.[20]

Brazil 3–1 Croatia
Neymar Goal 29'71' (pen.)
Oscar Goal 90+1'
Report Marcelo Goal 11' (o.g.)
Brazil
Croatia
GK 12 Júlio César
RB 2 Dani Alves
CB 3 Thiago Silva (c)
CB 4 David Luiz
LB 6 Marcelo
DM 8 Paulinho Substituted off 63'
DM 17 Luiz Gustavo Yellow card 88'
RW 7 Hulk Substituted off 68'
AM 11 Oscar
LW 10 Neymar Yellow card 27' Substituted off 88'
CF 9 Fred
Substitutions:
MF 18 Hernanes Substituted in 63'
MF 20 Bernard Substituted in 68'
MF 16 Ramires Substituted in 88'
Manager:
Luiz Felipe Scolari
BRA-CRO 2014-06-12.svg
GK 1 Stipe Pletikosa
RB 11 Darijo Srna (c)
CB 5 Vedran Ćorluka Yellow card 65'
CB 6 Dejan Lovren Yellow card 69'
LB 2 Šime Vrsaljko
CM 10 Luka Modrić
CM 7 Ivan Rakitić
RW 4 Ivan Perišić
AM 20 Mateo Kovačić Substituted off 61'
LW 18 Ivica Olić
CF 9 Nikica Jelavić Substituted off 78'
Substitutions:
MF 14 Marcelo Brozović Substituted in 61'
FW 16 Ante Rebić Substituted in 78'
 
Manager:
Niko Kovač

Man of the Match:
Neymar (Brazil)[21]

Assistant referees:
Toru Sagara (Japan)
Toshiyuki Nagi (Japan)
Fourth official:
Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Fifth official:
Hassan Kamranifar (Iran)

Brazil vs Mexico[edit]

The two teams had met in 38 previous matches, including three times in the FIFA World Cup group stage, all won by Brazil (1950: 4–0; 1954: 5–0; 1962: 2–0).[22] Their most recent meeting was in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup group stage, won by Brazil 2–0.

Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa made four outstanding saves to deny Brazil. In the first half he saved a header from Neymar tight to his right to push around the post and blocked a close-range effort from Paulinho. In the second half he saved a low shot from Neymar and a late point blank header from Thiago Silva.[23]

This was the first time since the 1970 World Cup that the host team drew 0–0 in the group stage.[citation needed] Mexico became the first team from outside UEFA or CONMEBOL to take a point from Brazil in the World Cup.[24]

Brazil 0–0 Mexico
Report
Attendance: 60,342
Brazil
Mexico
GK 12 Júlio César
RB 2 Dani Alves
CB 3 Thiago Silva (c) Yellow card 79'
CB 4 David Luiz
LB 6 Marcelo
DM 8 Paulinho
DM 17 Luiz Gustavo
CM 11 Oscar Substituted off 84'
RW 16 Ramires Yellow card 45' Substituted off 46'
LW 10 Neymar
CF 9 Fred Substituted off 68'
Substitutions:
MF 20 Bernard Substituted in 46'
FW 21 Substituted in 68'
MF 19 Willian Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Luiz Felipe Scolari
BRA-MEX 2014-06-17.svg
GK 13 Guillermo Ochoa
CB 2 Francisco Rodríguez
CB 4 Rafael Márquez (c)
CB 15 Héctor Moreno
RWB 22 Paul Aguilar Yellow card 59'
LWB 7 Miguel Layún
DM 23 José Juan Vázquez Yellow card 62'
CM 6 Héctor Herrera Substituted off 76'
CM 18 Andrés Guardado
SS 10 Giovani dos Santos Substituted off 84'
CF 19 Oribe Peralta Substituted off 74'
Substitutes:
FW 14 Javier Hernández Substituted in 74'
MF 8 Marco Fabián Substituted in 76'
FW 9 Raúl Jiménez Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Miguel Herrera

Man of the Match:
Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico)

Assistant referees:
Bahattin Duran (Turkey)
Tarık Ongun (Turkey)
Fourth official:
Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)
Fifth official:
Kim Haglund (Norway)

Cameroon vs Brazil[edit]

The two teams had met in four previous matches, including in the 1994 World Cup group stage, won by Brazil 3–0.[25] Their most recent meeting was in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup group stage, won by Cameroon 1–0. Cameroon midfielder Alex Song was suspended for the match (first match of a three-match ban), after being sent off in the previous match against Croatia.[26]

Brazil, where a draw would guarantee their qualification to the knockout stage, opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Luiz Gustavo crossed from the left for Neymar to beat the goalkeeper with a first time low side-footed finish to the corner.[27] Already-eliminated Cameroon equalised when Allan Nyom beat Dani Alves on the left before crossing for Joël Matip to finish from close range. Neymar put Brazil back in front when he collected the ball from Marcelo and ran at goal before finishing with a low right foot shot that wrong footed the goalkeeper from just inside the penalty area.[28] In the second half, David Luiz crossed from the left for Fred to extend Brazil's lead with a close range header before half-time substitute Fernandinho completed the scoring when he collected a pass from Oscar before finishing with a low right footed shot.[29] The result assured that Brazil pipped Mexico on goal difference to qualify to the knockout stage as group winners.

The match was Brazil's 100th in the World Cup, and they followed Germany (which played their 100th match in their first game of the 2014 World Cup) to become the second team to reach the milestone.[30]

Cameroon 1–4 Brazil
Matip Goal 26' Report Neymar Goal 17'35'
Fred Goal 49'
Fernandinho Goal 84'
Cameroon
Brazil
GK 16 Charles Itandje
RB 22 Allan Nyom
CB 3 Nicolas N'Koulou (c)
CB 21 Joël Matip
LB 12 Henri Bedimo
DM 7 Landry N'Guémo
CM 17 Stéphane Mbia Yellow card 80'
CM 18 Eyong Enoh Yellow card 11'
RW 13 Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting Substituted off 81'
LW 8 Benjamin Moukandjo Substituted off 58'
CF 10 Vincent Aboubakar Substituted off 72'
Substitutions:
MF 20 Edgar Salli Yellow card 76' Substituted in 58'
FW 15 Pierre Webó Substituted in 72'
MF 11 Jean Makoun Substituted in 81'
Manager:
Germany Volker Finke
CMR-BRA 2014-06-23.svg
GK 12 Júlio César
RB 2 Dani Alves
CB 3 Thiago Silva (c)
CB 4 David Luiz
LB 6 Marcelo
DM 17 Luiz Gustavo
RM 8 Paulinho Substituted off 46'
LM 11 Oscar
RW 7 Hulk Substituted off 63'
LW 10 Neymar Substituted off 71'
CF 9 Fred
Substitutions:
MF 5 Fernandinho Substituted in 46'
MF 16 Ramires Substituted in 63'
MF 19 Willian Substituted in 71'
Manager:
Luiz Felipe Scolari

Man of the Match:
Neymar (Brazil)

Assistant referees:
Mathias Klasenius (Sweden)
Daniel Wärnmark (Sweden)
Fourth official:
Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)
Fifth official:
Kim Haglund (Norway)

Round of 16[edit]

Brazil vs Chile[edit]

The two teams had met in 68 previous matches,[31] including three times in the FIFA World Cup knockout stage, all won by Brazil (1962, semi-finals: 4–2; 1998, round of 16: 4–1; 2010, round of 16: 3–0).

Brazil opened the scoring when from a corner David Luiz turned Thiago Silva's flick-on into the net. While replays suggested that Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara may have had the last touch,[32] FIFA later confirmed that the goal was scored by Luiz, not Jara.[33] Chile equalised when Hulk lost possession after a throw-in in his own half, Eduardo Vargas stole the ball and passed to Alexis Sánchez to score. In the second half, Hulk's goal was disallowed as Howard Webb adjudged that the player used his arm in bringing down the ball and gave him a yellow card instead.[34] Chances were few after that with Brazil dominating possession with Hulk forcing Claudio Bravo into a decent save, and the match went to extra time. The best chance of extra time came in the last seconds as Mauricio Pinilla's shot hit the crossbar.[35] In the resulting penalty shootout, the score was tied 2–2 after four rounds, with Brazil goalkeeper Júlio César saving from Pinilla and Sánchez, while Willian missed and Hulk's shot was saved by Bravo. In the fifth round, Neymar scored his penalty, meaning Chile had to score, but Jara's shot hit the inside of the post.[36] Brazil advanced to the quarter-finals to face Colombia.

The result meant that in all four World Cups where Chile qualified for the knockout stage, they were eliminated by Brazil.

Brazil 1–1 (a.e.t.) Chile
David Luiz Goal 18' Report Sánchez Goal 32'
Penalties
David Luiz Penalty scored
Willian Penalty missed
Marcelo Penalty scored
Hulk Penalty missed
Neymar Penalty scored
3–2 Penalty missed Pinilla
Penalty missed Sánchez
Penalty scored Aránguiz
Penalty scored Díaz
Penalty missed Jara
Brazil
Chile
GK 12 Júlio César
RB 2 Dani Alves Yellow card 105+1'
CB 3 Thiago Silva (c)
CB 4 David Luiz
LB 6 Marcelo
DM 5 Fernandinho Substituted off 72'
DM 17 Luiz Gustavo Yellow card 60'
RW 7 Hulk Yellow card 55'
AM 11 Oscar Substituted off 106'
LW 10 Neymar
CF 9 Fred Substituted off 64'
Substitutes:
FW 21 Yellow card 93' Substituted in 64'
MF 16 Ramires Substituted in 72'
MF 19 Willian Substituted in 106'
Manager:
Luiz Felipe Scolari
BRA-CHI 2014-06-28.svg
GK 1 Claudio Bravo (c)
CB 5 Francisco Silva Yellow card 40'
CB 17 Gary Medel Substituted off 108'
CB 18 Gonzalo Jara
RWB 4 Mauricio Isla
LWB 2 Eugenio Mena Yellow card 17'
CM 20 Charles Aránguiz
CM 21 Marcelo Díaz
AM 8 Arturo Vidal Substituted off 87'
CF 7 Alexis Sánchez
CF 11 Eduardo Vargas Substituted off 57'
Substitutes:
MF 16 Felipe Gutiérrez Substituted in 57'
FW 9 Mauricio Pinilla Yellow card 102' Substituted in 87'
DF 13 José Rojas Substituted in 108'
Manager:
Argentina Jorge Sampaoli

Man of the Match:
Júlio César (Brazil)

Assistant referees:
Michael Mullarkey (England)
Darren Cann (England)
Fourth official:
Felix Brych (Germany)
Fifth official:
Mark Borsch (Germany)

Quarter-finals[edit]

Brazil vs Colombia[edit]

The two teams had met in 25 previous matches, but never in the FIFA World Cup.[37] This was the first time Colombia had reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Brazil midfielder Luiz Gustavo was suspended for the match due to accumulation of yellow cards.[38]

Brazil took the lead in the 7th minute, when Neymar's corner was turned in from close range by Thiago Silva. They doubled the lead in the 69th minute when David Luiz scored directly from a long range free kick. Colombia reduced the deficit with 10 minutes to go, when James Rodríguez converted a penalty kick, awarded after substitute Carlos Bacca was fouled by Brazil goalkeeper Júlio César.[39] Neymar was kneed in the back by Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zúñiga in the 88th minute, which resulted in the striker's withdrawal from the match. Subsequent medical evaluation discovered a fractured vertebra, forcing the Brazilian to miss the remainder of the tournament.[8] Brazil advanced to the semi-final, where they would face Germany.

Rodríguez's goal was his sixth of the tournament, enough to win him the Golden Boot award.[40] He also became the first player to score in his first five career World Cup matches since Peru’s Teófilo Cubillas (across the 1970 and 1978 tournaments).[41]

Brazil 2–1 Colombia
Silva Goal 7'
David Luiz Goal 69'
Report Rodríguez Goal 80' (pen.)
Brazil
Colombia
GK 12 Júlio César Yellow card 78'
RB 23 Maicon
CB 3 Thiago Silva (c) Yellow card 64'
CB 4 David Luiz
LB 6 Marcelo
CM 5 Fernandinho
CM 8 Paulinho Substituted off 86'
RW 7 Hulk Substituted off 82'
AM 11 Oscar
LW 10 Neymar Substituted off 88'
CF 9 Fred
Substitutes:
MF 16 Ramires Substituted in 82'
MF 18 Hernanes Substituted in 86'
DF 15 Henrique Substituted in 88'
Manager:
Luiz Felipe Scolari
BRA-COL 2014-07-04.svg
GK 1 David Ospina
RB 18 Juan Camilo Zúñiga
CB 2 Cristián Zapata
CB 3 Mario Yepes (c) Yellow card 71'
LB 7 Pablo Armero
RM 11 Juan Cuadrado Substituted off 80'
CM 13 Fredy Guarín
CM 6 Carlos Sánchez
LM 14 Víctor Ibarbo Substituted off 46'
CF 9 Teófilo Gutiérrez Substituted off 70'
CF 10 James Rodríguez Yellow card 67'
Substitutes:
FW 19 Adrián Ramos Substituted in 46'
FW 17 Carlos Bacca Substituted in 70'
MF 20 Juan Quintero Substituted in 80'
Manager:
Argentina José Pekerman

Man of the Match:
David Luiz (Brazil)

Assistant referees:
Roberto Alonso (Spain)
Juan Carlos Yuste (Spain)
Fourth official:
Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)
Fifth official:
Kim Haglund (Norway)

Semifinal[edit]

Brazil vs Germany[edit]

The two teams had met in 21 previous matches, including in the final of the 2002 World Cup (their only previous encounter in the tournament's history), won by Brazil 2–0.[42]

Miroslav Klose (center) celebrating with fellow teammates after scoring the second goal for Germany.

While Germany kept the same starting lineup as their quarter-final against France, Brazil made two changes: defender and captain Thiago Silva was suspended for the match due to accumulation of yellow cards,[43] and was replaced by Dante, while forward Neymar was sidelined after suffering a fractured vertebra in the quarter-final against Colombia,[8] and was replaced by Bernard.[44] Germany took the lead in the 11th minute, Thomas Müller volleying in Toni Kroos' corner. Miroslav Klose scored Germany's second goal, after a passing move saw him set up by Müller, his first shot was saved by Brazil goalkeeper Júlio César, but he slotted in the rebound. Kroos then scored two quick goals, the first one after Philipp Lahm's cross was missed by Müller, the second one after stealing the ball from Fernandinho and playing a quick one-two with Sami Khedira. Khedira then scored Germany's fourth goal in six minutes, after exchanging passes with Mesut Özil, to give Germany a 5–0 halftime lead. Substitute André Schürrle added two more goals in the second half, first slotting in from Lahm's cross, then scoring via the crossbar after a cut-back from Müller. Brazil scored a consolation goal in the 90th minute, as Oscar received a pass from Marcelo, dribbled inside and scored.[45] Germany reached their eighth World Cup final, a record by any nation, where they would face Argentina, while Brazil had to settle for the third-place play-off against the Netherlands.

The game equalled Brazil’s biggest margin of defeat, a 6–0 loss to Uruguay in 1920, and it broke a 62-match home unbeaten streak in competitive matches going back to 1975.[46] The match also broke many World Cup records: It was Brazil's biggest World Cup defeat (eclipsing their 1998 final loss to France), the biggest defeat by a World Cup host nation (previous record was by three goals), and the biggest margin of victory in a World Cup semi-final (three previous semi-finals ended in 6–1 scorelines).[47]

Klose's goal was his 16th overall throughout his World Cup appearances, allowing him to beat Ronaldo for the record of all-time top scorer in World Cup finals tournaments.[48] Germany's seven goals took their total tally in World Cup history to 223, surpassing Brazil's 221 goals to first place overall.[49]

Brazil 1–7 Germany
Oscar Goal 90' Report Müller Goal 11'
Klose Goal 23'
Kroos Goal 24'26'
Khedira Goal 29'
Schürrle Goal 69'79'
Brazil
Germany
GK 12 Júlio César
RB 23 Maicon
CB 4 David Luiz (c)
CB 13 Dante Yellow card 68'
LB 6 Marcelo
CM 17 Luiz Gustavo
CM 5 Fernandinho Substituted off 46'
RW 7 Hulk Substituted off 46'
AM 11 Oscar
LW 20 Bernard
CF 9 Fred Substituted off 70'
Substitutes:
MF 16 Ramires Substituted in 46'
MF 8 Paulinho Substituted in 46'
MF 19 Willian Substituted in 70'
Manager:
Luiz Felipe Scolari
BRA-GER 2014-07-08.svg
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 16 Philipp Lahm (c)
CB 20 Jérôme Boateng
CB 5 Mats Hummels Substituted off 46'
LB 4 Benedikt Höwedes
CM 6 Sami Khedira Substituted off 76'
CM 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger
RW 13 Thomas Müller
AM 18 Toni Kroos
LW 8 Mesut Özil
CF 11 Miroslav Klose Substituted off 58'
Substitutes:
DF 17 Per Mertesacker Substituted in 46'
MF 9 André Schürrle Substituted in 58'
MF 14 Julian Draxler Substituted in 76'
Manager:
Joachim Löw

Man of the Match:
Toni Kroos (Germany)

Assistant referees:
Marvin Torrentera (Mexico)
Marcos Quintero (Mexico)
Fourth official:
Mark Geiger (United States)
Fifth official:
Mark Hurd (United States)

Third place play-off[edit]

Brazil vs Netherlands[edit]

The two teams had met in 11 previous meetings, including four times in the FIFA World Cup: Netherlands won 2–0 in the second group stage of the 1974 World Cup and 2–1 in the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup, and Brazil won 3–2 in the quarter-finals of the 1994 World Cup and 4–2 on penalties after a 1–1 draw (after extra time) in the semi-finals of the 1998 FIFA World Cup.[50]

Brazil made six changes in their starting line-up from their semi-final, while the Netherlands made only two, with Wesley Sneijder, who was originally part of the Dutch starting line-up, replaced by Jonathan de Guzmán after an injury during the pre-match warm-up prevented him from playing.[51] The Netherlands opened the scoring within three minutes, after Robin van Persie converted a penalty kick awarded for a foul on Arjen Robben by Thiago Silva. Daley Blind extended the lead in the 17th minute, scoring after a David Luiz headed clearance fell to him inside the penalty area. Georginio Wijnaldum completed the scoring in second half injury time as he shot home from substitute Daryl Janmaat's cross from the right.[52][53]

The Netherlands finished third for the first time in their World Cup history.[54] With Michel Vorm's participation (who was substituted into the match in second half injury time), the Netherlands became the first team to use all of their 23 players in a World Cup since the finals squads were expanded from 22 to 23 players in 2002.[55] Brazil, who finished fourth for the second time in World Cup history, conceded a total of 14 goals in the tournament, the most they had ever allowed in a World Cup and also the most conceded by any World Cup hosts.[56] Brazil also became the second team to concede 100 World Cup goals, after Germany.[57][58]

Brazil 0–3 Netherlands
Report Van Persie Goal 3' (pen.)
Blind Goal 17'
Wijnaldum Goal 90+1'
Brazil
Netherlands
GK 12 Júlio César
RB 23 Maicon
CB 3 Thiago Silva (c) Yellow card 2'
CB 4 David Luiz
LB 14 Maxwell
CM 8 Paulinho Substituted off 57'
CM 17 Luiz Gustavo Substituted off 46'
RW 16 Ramires Substituted off 73'
AM 11 Oscar Yellow card 68'
LW 19 Willian
CF 21
Substitutes:
MF 5 Fernandinho Yellow card 54' Substituted in 46'
MF 18 Hernanes Substituted in 57'
FW 7 Hulk Substituted in 73'
Manager:
Luiz Felipe Scolari
BRA-NED 2014-07-12.svg
GK 1 Jasper Cillessen Substituted off 90+3'
CB 3 Stefan de Vrij
CB 2 Ron Vlaar
CB 4 Bruno Martins Indi
RWB 15 Dirk Kuyt
LWB 5 Daley Blind Substituted off 70'
CM 20 Georginio Wijnaldum
CM 16 Jordy Clasie Substituted off 90'
CM 8 Jonathan de Guzmán Yellow card 36'
CF 9 Robin van Persie (c)
CF 11 Arjen Robben Yellow card 9'
Substitutes:
DF 7 Daryl Janmaat Substituted in 70'
DF 13 Joël Veltman Substituted in 90'
GK 22 Michel Vorm Substituted in 90+3'
Manager:
Louis van Gaal

Man of the Match:
Arjen Robben (Netherlands)

Assistant referees:
Rédouane Achik (Morocco)
Abdelhalk Etchiali (Algeria)
Fourth official:
Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)
Fifth official:
Toru Sagara (Japan)

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