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FIFA 2014

Brazil undone by poor defending, Dutch take third

RIO DE JANEIRO: Dreadful defending cost Brazil dear yet again on Saturday as the World Cup hosts slumped to a 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in a playoff for third place, underlining just how far the 'Selecao' have fallen down world soccer's pecking order.

Dutch stun Mexico with last-gasp 2-1 win

FORTALEZA: A remarkable last-gasp turnaround by the Netherlands earned them a 2-1 comeback victory over Mexico on Sunday and a place in the World Cup quarter-finals as they equalized in the 88th minute and won it with a stoppage-time penalty. Mexico made the breakthrough three minutes after halftime when Giovani Dos Santos held off two challenges before firing a powerful low shot into the corner. Keeper Guillermo Ochoa, Mexico's hero in their group stage draw with Brazil, then produced an astounding reaction save to divert…

Dutch down Chile, likely to dodge Brazil

SAO PAULO: A powerful and pacey Netherlands side beat Chile 2-0 on Monday in a match that burst into life late on, securing them top spot in World Cup Group B and meaning they look set to avoid hosts Brazil in the last 16. Substitute Leroy Fer scored with his first touch of the game, thumping home a close-range header from Daryl Janmaat's cross in the 77th minute. Another replacement, Memphis Depay, made it two in stoppage- time after a marauding Arjen Robben broke down the left, turning what had been a scrappy match short…