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Brazil, Netherlands look to rebound in World Cup's third-place game
Brazil, Netherlands look to rebound in World Cup's third-place game

For adherents of wide-open, pop-a-shot soccer, Saturday's formalities involving Brazil and the Netherlands might offer the last satisfactory glimpse of World Cup action. Third-place games tend to resemble friendlies, with fewer fouls to interrupt the fluidity of play. And with defensively leaning Argentina part of the finale against Germany, a grinding game is in the forecast for Sunday's championship match. Whether the third-place game combatants can summon the motivation to approach their standard level of excellence is another matter. Both went through the usual stages of grief following their semifinal defeats. Then, after sleeping on it, they promised to give it the ol' college try....

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