Dutch not interested in third-place game

Arjen Robben of the Netherlands reacts after missing a chance to score against Argentina during...

Arjen Robben of the Netherlands reacts after missing a chance to score against Argentina during their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo July 9, 2014. (REUTERS/Michael Dalder)

MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:21 AM ET

Sao Paulo—Now that Argentina and Germany have been determined as the finalists for the 2014 World Cup on Sunday, the world turns its eyes to Saturday when Brazil and the Netherlands play for third place.

Okay, not really.

“I think we should go home,” said Netherland’s forward Arjen Robben. “You play a tournament like this and no one wants to play it.

“I’m not even thinking about it and probably won’t”.

The game will be played in Brasilia and Robben isn’t the only Dutch team member who doesn’t want to play it.

“I thought this 10 years ago and I have said it many times,” said Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal. “You don’t play for third place. It isn’t important.”

Van Gaal said that if Netherlands loses, it will make it look as if his club had a bad tournament.

“We lose an important game, a semifinal on penalties to Argentina after we played a great tournament through to the end,” he said. “Now if we play Brazil and if we lose, we lost two games in a row to finish a tournament that we played well in. It shouldn’t be like that.”

However, third place does seem important to someone in Brazil.

Brazilian coach Luis Felipe Scolari may be trying to find a way to salvage something from the tournament.

“Life goes on,” he said after his club’s 7-1 annihilation at the hands of Germany. “The team already has a new objective.”

Apparently that objective is to beat the Netherlands to finish third.

In the scheme of things, it’s going to take a lot more than finishing third to lift Brazil out of the funk it is now in.


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