Brazil v Netherlands: Key Battles - Chelsea star important

Oscar for Chelsea

Oscar will need to prove his doubters wrong in the World Cup third-place play-off between Brazil and the Netherlands.

Oscar vs Nigel de Jong

Oscar may have scored the consolation (if you can even call it that) during Brazil's 7-1 thumping at the hands of Germany, but he worked hard throughout and continues to be the highest tackler in the tournament to date. He isn't a natural attacking Brazil number 10 and thus is easily criticised by Brazilian fans. However, he is very important for their country's footballing future and it will be a real test of his character to see how he reacts to this defeat.

Nigel de Jong played 60 minutes for the Netherlands in their semi-final defeat to Argentina, as the defensive midfielder shocked everyone by being selected for the match. The Dutch didn't look as comfortable after he was replaced, and it will be interesting to see if he is risked again with little importance on this match. If he does, then he will need to be aware of the threats Oscar possesses. 

Thiago Silva vs Robin Van Persie

Thiago Silva would have been watching on through great anguish on Tuesday, as he would have been the man to lead out his country in a home World Cup final if they would have qualified. However, he was suspended for the match and was unable to help his teammates from conceding seven goals. It may be too much to say they would have gone through with Silva in the side, but they definitely wouldn't have conceded as many as they did.

Robin van Persie made little impact on Wednesday as the Oranje were knocked out of the tournament. His form in the tournament has been inconsistent at times, and he will be desperate to show his best form on Saturday in front of Louis van Gaal, who will manage him next season at Manchester United.

Marcelo vs Arjen Robben

Marcelo was one player who performed extremely poorly in their semi-final, but he definitely wasn't alone in that respect. He will need to show strength of character on Saturday when he is likely to mark Arjen Robben in the third-place playoff. The pair played with each other during their times at Real Madrid and faced each other again in this season's Champions League semi-finals, so they should know each other's games well.

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