BRASILIA - Brazil's traumatic World Cup ended with more pain as they lost 3-0 to a superior Netherlands side in the third place play-off at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia.
Still struggling to digest their record-breaking 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-finals, Brazil had a similarly disastrous start against the Dutch, with Robin van Persie opening the scoring from the penalty spot inside three minutes.
With injured star Neymar watching on from the bench, Daley Blind then capitalised on more calamitous defending to make it 2-0 with 17 minutes played, and Georginio Wijnaldum rubbed salt into the hosts' wounds by adding a third in injury time.
Brazil defeat marks the first time since 1974 they have lost consecutive World Cup matches. The hosts end the tournament having conceded 14 goals altogether, the most of any side at a World Cup since 1986 and the most ever for a host team.
In contrast, Louis van Gaal's Netherlands leave with the consolation of taking third place and end the competition unbeaten, with their semi-final exit against Argentina only coming after a penalty shoot-out.
Dutch forward Arjen Robben said: "It was a great end - you can get rid of a bit of the shock of not going to the final, but not completely. The disappointment stays, we've been so close. We deserved more.
"I'm finished, I've given everything. We've come so close.
"That's why the third place is so deserved."