By TATE STEINLAGE
It wasn’t Holland’s elusive first World Cup title, but a third-place finish in the 2014 World Cup will leave the “Flying Dutchman” gleaming with satisfaction.
After being heartbroken in penalties against Argentina in the semifinals, the Netherlands bounced back against Brazil in dominating fashion, routing the host country 3-0 at the beautiful Estádio Nacional de Brasília Mané Garrincha.
The Dutch scored the decisive first goal less than five minutes into the match thanks to a confident Robin van Persie penalty. The 30-year-old forward redeemed himself with the goal and an overall good performance after struggling to return to form following intestinal problems prior to the semifinal round.
Van Persie finished the evening with half of Holland’s shots on goal, while helping boost the productivity of teammates Arjen Robben and Georginio Wijnaldum in the middle of the field. The performance was good enough to earn Van Persie SBI Man of the Match honors.
Robin van Persie beat out teammates Georginio Wijnaldum and Daley Blind for the honors.
What did you make of van Persie’s performance in the third-place match? Will a successful World Cup extend to the forward’s club play?
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