BRASILIA (SportingAlert) — As expected, head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari makes a host of changes to his Brazil side for today’s World Cup third-place playoff game with the Netherlands in Brasília.
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The starting lineup sees the return of captain Thiago Silva in defense after a one game suspension.
Coming into the starting team as well are Jo, Maxwell, Paulinho, Ramires and Willian, with the likes of Hulk, Fred, Fernandinho, Marcelo, Bernard and Dante, all making way from the team that played against Germany in semi-finals.
For the Netherlands, captain Robin van Persie does start, despite suggestions that he could be rested for this fixture.
However, Nigel de Jong, who started against Argentina in the semis, makes way this time round, with Jordy Clasie, who replaced him in the second half getting the start this evening in the Estadio Nacional.
Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Daley Blind, Dirk Kuyt and Georginio Wijnaldum all start as well in a very strong looking Netherlands team.
Brazil: Cesar, Maicon, Thiago Silva, Luiz, Maxwell, Paulinho, Gustavo, Ramires, Oscar, Willian, Jo.
Holland: Cillessen, Kuyt, Martins Indi, De vrij, Vlaar, Blind, Wijnaldum, Clasie, sneijder, Robben, Van Persie.