More woe for Brazil after World Cup defeat by Dutch
BRAZILIAN football fans might not want to hear it, but Luiz Felipe Scolari could remain in charge of their country's football team despite a nightmare end to the World Cup on home soil.
Goals from Robin van Persie, Daley Blind and Georginio Wijnaldum condemned Brazil to back-to-back defeats on home soil for the first time since 1940, following on from the embarrassing 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-final as the Netherlands secured third place.
But despite the defeat and fans booing both the coach and the players during the 3-0 loss in Brasilia, there are reports that the Confederation of Brazilian Football could keep the 65-year-old coach, whose contract has now come to an end, at the helm.
"It is up to the president (of the CBF) to decide," Scolari said after another demoralising defeat riddled with defensive errors.
"We agreed before this tournament that we would give our positions at the end of the World Cup.
"I will finish my report and the president and the board will analyse it and do as they wish."
Brazil's defensive woes continued against the Dutch with captain Thiago Silva, who was suspended for the semi-final, bringing down Arjen Robben in the third minute.
Van Persie fired home the resultant penalty.
Another David Luiz howler presented Blind with a second, while Wijnaldum wrapped up the win in the dying seconds after more calamitous defending from the host nation.
The 14 goals conceded by Brazil was the most of any team at the tournament.
AT A GLANCE
NETHERLANDS 3 (Van Persie 3, Blind 16, Wijnaldum 90)
Brazil 0 in Brasilia