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Netherlands beats host Brazil 3-0 to win 3rd-place match at World Cup

Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar (R) fails to save Netherlands' forward and captain Robin van Persie's penalty during the third place play-off football match between Brazil and Netherlands during the 2014 FIFA World Cup at the National Stadium in Brasilia on July 12, 2014. DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images

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.

Van Persie converted a penalty kick three minutes into the match after Arjen Robben was brought down by Brazil captain Thiago Silva. Blind added to the lead in the 17th with a shot from near the penalty spot after defender David Luiz made a mistake while trying to clear a cross in front of the goal. Georginio Wijnaldum rounded off the win in injury time.

With the result, the Netherlands finishes a World Cup unbeaten in regular play for the first time. It lost to Argentina on penalties in the semifinals.

The loss added to Brazil’s frustration at the home tournament following the disastrous 7-1 defeat to Germany.