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No joy for Brazil as Holland wins easily

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Brazilian World Cup fans will be glad to see the tournament end as their national team was trounced for the second consecutive match, this time 3-0 by the Netherlands. 

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(L-R) Brazil's midfielder Luiz Gustavo, Brazil's defender Dante, Brazil's defender Marcelo, Brazil's injured forward Neymar, Brazil's forward Fred and Brazil's defender Henrique react on the bench at the end of the third place play-off football match between Brazil and Netherlands during the 2014 FIFA World Cup at the National Stadium in Brasilia on July 12, 2014. Netherlands won 3-0. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

More misery for Brazil as Dutch take third place

BRASïLIA, Brazil, AFP – Brazil's traumatic World Cup ended with more pain on Saturday as they lost 3-0 to a superior Netherlands side in the third-place play-off at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia. (video highlights http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/videos/highlights/match=300186502/index.html)

Still struggling to digest their record-breaking 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-finals, Brazil had a similarly disastrous start against the Dutch, with Robin van Persie opening the scoring from the penalty spot inside three minutes.

TOPSHOTS Netherlands' forward Arjen Robben (L) is fouled by Brazil's defender and captain Thiago Silva in the penalty area. AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

With injured star Neymar watching on from the bench, Daley Blind then capitalised on more calamitous defending to make it 2-0 with 17 minutes played, and Georginio Wijnaldum rubbed salt into the hosts' wounds by adding a third in injury time.

Brazil have now lost back-to-back home games for the first time since 1940, and they end the tournament having conceded 14 goals altogether, the most of any side at a World Cup since 1986 and the most ever for a host team.

In contrast, Louis van Gaal's Netherlands leave with the consolation of taking third place and end the competition unbeaten, with their semi-final exit against Argentina only coming after a penalty shoot-out.

The absence of Thiago Silva, along with that of Neymar, was a contributing factor in Brazil's semi-final humiliation, but the usually inspirational centre-back was at fault as Brazil conceded a penalty with less than two minutes played.

Silva was caught the wrong side of Robben as the winger latched on to a pass from Holland captain van Persie and was left with a clear path on goal.

Robben was pulled back by the defender, with the contact starting outside the box and carrying on into the area. Algerian referee Djamel Haimoudi decided to award a spot-kick but controversially opted against showing Silva a straight red card.

If Silva was let off the hook, van Persie made no mistake from the spot, lashing his kick high into the top right-hand corner to give goalkeeper Julio Cesar no chance.

Netherlands' defender Daley Blind (C) scores his team's second goal. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

Once again Brazil's defensive frailties were hopelessly exposed when the Netherlands' second goal arrived in the 17th minute.

De Guzman broke in behind Maxwell in the Brazilian left-back position and got to the byline, from where his cross was headed back out by David Luiz and straight into the path of Blind, who had time to take the ball down 12 yards out and volley home.

Netherlands' midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum scores the third and final goal during the third place play-off football match between Brazil and Netherlands. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER

Fortunately for a fragile Brazilian side, Holland were not quite as relentless in their attacking as the Germans had been in Belo Horizonte, but the hosts never appeared capable of breaking down the opposition defence.

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Vocabulary:

absence: not being present - การหายไป ไม่ปรากฏตัว

back-to-back: happening one after another, after one finishes the next begins; consecutive - ที่ต่อเนื่องตามลำดับ

bench: a long seat for two or more people, usually made of wood - กระดานนั่ง, ม้านั่ง

byline: (in football) the part of the goal line outside the posts -

calamitous: very bad; causing great damage to people's lives, property, etc. - ที่เป็นหายนะ, ที่โชคร้ายอย่างมาก

capable: able to do something; very good at a job - มีความสามารถ

capitalise on: to use an event or a situation to help you to achieve something or to get an advantage - ใช้ประโยชน์ให้เต็มที่จาก

concede a goal: to allow a goal to be scored against you - เสียประตู

consolation: something that makes you feel less unhappy or disappointed - การปลอบโยนปลอบขวัญ,ทำให้สบายใจ

contact: a situation in which people or things touch each other - การสัมผัส

contrast: a noticeable difference - ความแตกต่าง

contribute to: to help to cause an event or situation - ช่วยก่อให้เกิด

controversial: causing disagreement or disapproval - ซึ่งก่อให้เกิดการโต้แย้ง

defender: a player whose job is to stop the other team scoring in a game such as football - ผู้ป้องกัน

digest: to understand information when there is a lot of it or it is difficult or unexpected -

disastrous: extremely bad or unsuccessful - ซึ่งทำให้เกิด (ภัยพิบัติ, ความหายนะ, ความโชคร้าย)

exit: leaving - การออก

exposed: made known; uncovered - เปิดเผยต่อ

factor: a fact or situation which influences the result of something - ปัจจัย

fault: being the one to blame; blameworthy; the person who caused something bad to happen - ความผิด

forward: an attacking player whose position is near the front of a team in some sports - ตำแหน่งกองหน้า

fragile: weak; easy to damage or break - ที่เปราะบาง ไม่แข็งแรงคงทน, ไม่ทนทาน, เสียหายง่าย

frailty: weakness; poor health or condition - ความอ่อนแอ

hopeless: very bad (at something); with no ability or skill - ซึ่งไร้ความสามารถ

host: a country, city, group, person, etc. which provides the space and other things necessary for a special event - เจ้าภาพ

humiliation: an unhappy and ashamed feeling - ความอัปยศ ความน่าอับอาย

injured: hurt in an accident or attack - ได้รับบาดเจ็บ

inspirational: making you want to be better, more successful, etc - เป็นการดลใจ, ที่สร้างแรงบันดาลใจ

lash: (in football) to kick the ball with a lot of force - เตะย่างแรง

latch on to: to become connected to something; to take control of a ball that is passed to you -

midfielder: a football player whose position is mainly in the central part of a sports field - ผู้เล่นกองกลาง

misery: something that causes people to suffer or be unhappy - ความทุกข์ยาก, ความยากแค้น, ความเดือดร้อน

off the hook: freed from a difficult situation or a punishment - ปล่อยให้เป็นอิสระจาก (ความยุ่งยาก, ความรับผิดชอบ, การตัดสินใจ)

opposition: a team, group, etc. you are competing against - คู่ต่อสู้

penalty area: the penalty box or area; the area in front of the goal - เขตโทษ

penalty shoot-out (or shootout): in football, a series of chances to kick the ball into the goal, given to both teams as a way of deciding who wins the game when both teams have the same score - การดวลจุดโทษ

react: to behave in a particular way because of something that is happening around you or something that someone is doing to you - ตอบสนอง, เกิดปฏิกิริยา

referee: a person who is in charge of a sports game and who makes certain that the rules are followed - ผู้ตัดสิน, กรรมการตัดสิน

relentless: never seeming to stop - ซึ่งไม่หยุด, ซึ่งไม่ยอมผ่อนผัน

rub salt in a wound: to make a difficult or painful experience even more difficult for somebody - ทำให้สถานการณ์เลวร้ายลง

semi-finals: the two games that are played immediately before the last game in a sports competition. The two people or teams who win the semifinals play each other in the last game, called the final, to decide who wins the competition - การแข่งขันกีฬารอบรองชนะเลิศ

spot-kick: (in football) a penalty kick; a kick from the penalty spot - การเตะลูกโทษ

struggling: having serious difficulties - มีความยุ่งยาก

superior: better in quality than somebody/something else; greater than somebody/something else - เหนือกว่า, เยี่ยมกว่า, ดีกว่า

the box: the penalty box; the area in front of the goal - เขตโทษ

traumatic: making you feel very upset, afraid, or shocked - ซึ่งบอบช้ำทางจิตใจ

unbeaten: not having lost in a single competition - ไม่เคยแพ้

volley: hitting the ball before it touches the ground - ตีวอล์เลย์

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