Robin van Persie photo : By Patrick Johnston BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil signed off from their home World Cup to a cacophony of boos on Saturday as the defensive errors that crushed their bid for a sixth title resurfaced in a shoddy 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the third-place playoff match. Robin van Persie, Daley Blind and Georginio Wijnaldum scored the goals for the Dutch but all three were assisted by the battered Brazilians, who suffered back-to-back defeats on home soil for the first time since 1940. It was another hammer blow to a team still clearly feeling the effects of Tuesday's 7-1 semi-final thrashing by Germany, a record World Cup defeat for the hosts and one of the most extraordinary results in the history of the sport. "I don’t think we deserved for it to end like this," captain Thiago Silva said in a televised intervie
 

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By Patrick Johnston BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil signed off from their home World Cup to a cacophony of boos on Saturday as the defensive errors that crushed their bid for a sixth title resurfaced in a shoddy 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the third-place playoff match. Robin van Persie, Daley Blind and Georginio Wijnaldum scored the goals for the Dutch but all three were assisted by the battered Brazilians, who suffered back-to-back defeats on home soil for the first time since 1940. It was another hammer blow to a team still clearly feeling the effects of Tuesday's 7-1 semi-final thrashing by Germany, a record World Cup defeat for the hosts and one of the most extraordinary results in the history of the sport. "I don’t think we deserved for it to end like this," captain Thiago Silva said in a televised intervie

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