World Cup 2014: European team of the tournament

Like him or not, he's in our team.

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For a while, it didn't seem as if this would be Europe's tournament. Only six sides from the continent made it into the last 16 of a competition whose early stages were dominated by Latin American excellence. The likes of Chile and Colombia, though, were thwarted by an unfortunate draw that packed many of those teams into the same half – leaving the likes of Germany and the Netherlands to progress relatively serenely to the last four and beyond. In the final analysis, plenty of Europeans have been among the World Cup's best performers – and here is how a team of them would line up....

Brazil 0-3 Holland - Full time

Ten goals conceded in two games seals a nightmare end for Brazil to the 2014 World Cup as the Dutch secure third place for the first time.

Boos greet the final whistle and while there are no tears on the field in Brasilia, Scolari and the players look like they want to be anywhere else.

In sharp contrast, Louis van Gaal is hugging his staff as his Dutch side end the tournament undefeated aside from the penalty-shootout loss against Argentina. They didn't have to work too hard for tonight's win but it's a deserved victory.

Brazil didn't drop to the depths of the horror show against Germany, but the post mortem of Brazilian football will still pore over elements of tonight's defeat to discover what has gone so wrong for the five-time world champions.

Brazil 0-3 Holland - Vorm is on

It's the dying minutes of the game and Louis van Gaal makes a keeper change. No chance of penalties in this one, but he sends on Michel Vorm in place of Jasper Cillessen to give the Swansea stopper a taste of tournament action.

No sign of Cillessen kicking a bucket in frustration at this one.

Brazil 0-3 Holland - Wijnaldum (91)

Dutch ending with more injuries as Jordy Clasie is off on a stretcher and Joel Veltman is on for the last few minutes.

And he can join in the goal celebrations as Wijnaldum sweeps in Janmaat's cross with a sweet contact. A deserved third. Wijnaldum caps a great performance with a goal.

Brazil 0-2 Holland - Close to a third

Very close to 3-0. Dirk Kuyt makes contact with his head to Robben's corner and it brushes Cesar's gloves on the way towards the far post - but it's over.

The referee awards a goal kick. You may have guessed, but he's not enjoying his best night of officiating.

Brazil 0-2 Holland - Rough justice for Holland

Robben appeals for a second penalty after what looked like a barge in the box from Fernandinho. The ref urges him to get back to his feet. Replays do not vindicate the official.

Soon Thiago Silva loses possession and Van Persie is poised to square the ball to Robben in a two-on-one, but the referee spots a foul (where no one else does) and awards Brazil a defensive free-kick. Van Gaal is incensed and he's absolutely right to be.