The Netherlands’ 2014 World Cup campaign is not over yet – they have still one more game to play.
While the Dutch failed to overcome Argentina in their semi-final tie in Sao Paulo on Wednesday, they can still end the tournament on a winning note.
That’s because the Oranje will be taking on hosts Brazil in the third-place playoff at the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in Brasília on Saturday.
However, if Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal could have his way, then he would just take his players back home and not play that match.
The 62-year-old, who will now take charge of Manchester United having been appointed as the Red Devils manager back in May, has said that he does not like the idea of a third-place playoff.
‘I think this (match) should never be played’, Goal.com quotes Van Gaal as saying. ‘I’ve said it for 10 years. But we will still play and we have one less day to prepare, which is not fair.
‘The worst thing though is that you can lose twice in a row after a tournament in which you have done marvellously well. You go home as a loser having lost twice, which is not right’.
The Netherlands will not be helped by the fact that the Brazil players will be looking for some kind of redemption following his humiliation at the hands of Germany on Tuesday.
The Selecao crumbled in their semi-final tie against the European giants, conceding five goals in the opening 30 minutes at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte before going on to suffer a 7-1 loss.
Saturday’s match between the Netherlands and Brazil will not have much importance. It will be a game between two teams who failed to progress to the final: even a win will not be a win.