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Netherlands shuts out Brazil for 3rd place at World Cup
Brazil's Hulk, left, is held by the Netherlands' Georginio Wijnaldum during the World Cup third-place soccer match between Brazil and the Netherlands on Saturday at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil. - photo by Natacha Pisarenko | Associated Press
BRASILIA, Brazil — Robin van Persie and Daley Blind scored early goals to help give the Netherlands a 3-0 win over host Brazil in the third-place match at the World Cup on Saturday. With the result, the Netherlands finishes a World Cup unbeaten in regular play for the first time, having lost to Argentina on penalties in the semifinals. After finishing runner-up in 2010, the third place is the best position for the Dutch squad since it lost the final in 1974 and 1978.
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