Jul 12, 2014 at 9pm UK at ​Estadio Nacional, Brasilia

Silva (2'), Fernandinho (54'), Oscar (68')
FT(HT: 0-2)
van Persie (3' pen.), Blind (17'), Wijnaldum (90')
Robben (9'), de Guzman (36')

Louis van Gaal: 'The odds were against us'

Head coach Louis van Gaal of the Netherlands reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 18, 2014
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Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal believes that the odds were against a win for his side in the third-place playoff against Brazil on Saturday night.

Louis van Gaal has applauded his Netherlands side for finishing their World Cup campaign by beating Brazil 3-0 in the third-place playoff on Saturday night.

Brazil had an extra day to prepare for the match following each side's respective semi-final defeats, and Van Gaal admits that the mood in the Dutch camp was concerning ahead of their meeting with the hosts.

"This was very difficult for us," the 62-year-old told NOS. "All the odds were against us. Brazil had a day more in preparation and we were defeated after penalties.

"We could have been in the final. Our spirit was down after Argentina. I only spoke about the Brazil match in the team talk, not about Argentina. Luckily we showed how good we are again."

Van Gaal will now leave his Netherlands post to begin his duties with Manchester United.

Georginio Wijnaldum of the Netherlands celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Third Place Playoff on July 12, 2014
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