Brazil vs. Netherlands | Kickoff: 7/12, 4 p.m. ET | Stadium: Mane Garrincha, Brasilia
Match Preview: This isn’t where either team had hoped to be, but Brazil and the Netherlands will face off Saturday to determine the third-best team in the world!
Yeah, not all that alluring, huh?
Well, maybe it could be. After what happened to Brazil Tuesday, it’s safe to assume they’re playing for more than pride. Hell, they’re playing to regain respectability in front of their own countrymen — and also hoping to keep Neymar tuned in for the full 90 minutes.
It’s a different tune for the Netherlands. They’ve been too close too many times — it’s not difficult to imagine the Dutch will have some trouble getting up for this one. But there is a lot of pride on that squad, and this could be the last run for Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, and Robin Van Persie.
If nothing else, it will be interesting to see what brand of soccer rules Saturday. Remember, these are hyper-competitive professionals; this won’t be some lazy exhibition.
Again, especially for Brazil, a country where soccer is deeply embedded in its roots. They’re not just going to show up an roll over, especially after what happened Tuesday.
In short, don’t expect this to be a hand-fight. These sides want to win.