Brazil suffered further FIFA World Cup humiliation as Louis van Gaal signed off as Netherlands head coach with a 3-0 victory in Brasilia.
The tournament hosts entered Saturday’s game hoping to restore some pride following a 7-1 semi-final drubbing against Germany, yet were undermined as first-half goals from Robin van Persie and Daley Blind and Georginio Wijnaldum’s stoppage-time effort ensured Van Gaal’s men took the dubious honour of finishing third.
Not even the presence of talisman Neymar on the bench, albeit not among the substitutes due to the broken vertebra suffered in the quarter-final against Colombia, could rally Brazil.
By contrast, Netherlands were excellent as they sent Van Gaal off to his new role as Manchester United manager on a high.
While the semi-final shoot-out loss to Argentina will sting, the new Old Trafford supremo will surely look back fondly on a campaign that was not expected to progress beyond a group featuring Spain and Chile.