Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal blasted FIFA for its refusal to scrap the World Cup’s third-place game, insisting that the consolation match should be consigned to history. Van Gaal’s Dutch side will be forced to play host nation Brazil in Brasilia on Saturday after losing its semifinal to Argentina, 4-2, on penalties after 120 scoreless minutes.
"I think that this match should never be played," Van Gaal said after the Argentina game. "I have been saying this for the past 10 years. We will just have to play the game but it is unfair. We will have one day less to recover and that's not fair play. But the worst thing is, I believe, there is a chance that you lose twice in a row in a tournament in which you've played so marvelously well. You go home as a 'loser' because possibly you've lost the last two matches."
He added: "This game has nothing to do with sports in my opinion. But I have said this 10 years or 15 years ago and nothing changed. No tournament, no football tournament, especially in the last stage, should you have players playing for third or fourth. There is only one prize and one award that counts for anything and that is becoming champion."