Brazil vs Netherlands: Louis Van Gaal Takes Aim at 'Unfair' Third Place Match

Netherlands lost out on an opportunity to reach the FIFA World Cup 2014 final when they lost 4-2 to Germany in a penalty shootout on Wednesday. Coach Louis Van Gaal's troops must now travel to Brasilia to face World Cup hosts Brazil on Saturday for a game he believes should have been scrapped years ago.

Reported by: Agence France-Presse
Last updated on Thursday, 10 July, 2014 14:46 IST
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Netherlands' coach Louis van Gaal reacts after the semi-final football match between Netherlands and Argentina of the FIFA World Cup at The Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014.

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Sao Paulo: Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal lashed out at the World Cup's third place play-off match on Wednesday after his side's semifinal defeat to Argentina. (Also read: Dutch media mourns defeat in World Cup 'chess' game)

Van Gaal's troops must now travel to Brasilia to face World Cup hosts Brazil on Saturday for a game he believes should have been scrapped years ago. (Also read: Holland exit robs Arjen Robben of chance to atone)

"I think this match should never be played," van Gaal told reporters. "I've been saying this for 10 years. But we'll just have to play this match." (Also read: Dutch fate undeserved, says Wesley Sneijder)

Van Gaal said the match condemns the losers to finish a tournament after another defeat, and that one side always has an extra day's rest.

"It's unfair also because we have one less day to recover, so that's not fair play," he said. "But the worst thing is that chances are you lose twice in a row.

"And after a tournament in which you've played so marvellously well, you'd go home as a loser just because you've lost the last two matches.

"This has got nothing whatsoever to do with sport. But I said this 15 years ago. You shouldn't have players play a match for 3rd/4th place, because there's only one prize that counts and that's becoming champion," said van Gaal who moves on from the World Cup to become Manchester United's manager.

Story first published on: Thursday, 10 July 2014 14:40 IST

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