Brazil’s World Cup campaign came to a miserable end as the hosts were convincingly beaten by the Netherlands in the third-place play-off.
Goals from Robin van Persie, Daley Blind and Georginio Wijaldum condemned Brazil to back-to-back defeats on home soil for the first time since 1940, following Tuesday’s embarrassing 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-final.
As an added insult, Brazil must now watch on as their fiercest rivals Argentina take on Germany for the chance to win the World Cup at Brazilian football’s spiritual home, the Maracana, on Sunday.
Having been backed so vocally throughout, home supporters turned on Brazil on Tuesday, cheering the opposition attacks and directing loud boos at their own players, and their frustration continued in the capital Brasilia.
Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari bore the brunt of their anger, and his long-term future as national team boss is now in doubt.
Brazil’s fans throughout the tournament had packed homes, bars and fan parks to watch the action, leaving streets near empty, but the shock defeat to Germany left a question mark over how they would greet their team for Saturday’s game.