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Daley Blind of the Netherlands (5) celebrates scoring his team's second goal with Ron Vlaar (2), Georginio Wijnaldum (20) and Bruno Martins Indi (right) during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Third Place Playoff match between Brazil on Saturday. (Getty Images)

Netherlands Dominates Brazil To Win Third Place In World Cup

by Steve Mullis
Jul 12, 2014

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Coming off of a devastating loss to Germany, World Cup host Brazil's chances at redemption were dashed by the Netherlands on Saturday. The 3-0 victory secured a third-place finish for Oranje in the 2014 World Cup.

A penalty kick at just 3 minutes in from Robin Van Persie, granted after Brazil's Thiago Silva yanked down Arjen Robben, got the Netherlands off to an early lead.

An awkward second goal in the 16th minute from Daley Blind kept that early momentum going for the Oranje. SBNation says that was Blind's first ever international goal.

According to ESPN, this was the first time Brazil has allowed multiple goals in back-to-back World Cup matches since 1970.

The Netherlands carried their 2-0 lead into halftime. A chorus of boos rained down from the stadium as the teams left the field, but all of them from Brazil for Brazil, said the New York Times.

The second half was largely uneventful, but a late-game goal just past the 90-minute mark from Georginio Wijnaldum rubbed salt in Brazil's already wounded pride and further secured the victory for the Netherlands.

Also, this happened:

That's Netherlands player Dirk Kuyt apparently getting some staples in his head to fix up a laceration suffered on the field.

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U.S. runner Bill Hillmann is gored on his right leg during the running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, on Wednesday. (AP)

Wounded Bull-Runner: 'If You Run Long Enough, You Get Gored'

Jul 12, 2014 (All Things Considered)

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When Bill Hillmann joined this year's running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, he knew exactly what he was signing up for. After all, he co-wrote the book on it.

Hillmann was a contributor to Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona. But his expertise didn't protect him from harm this year: A lone bull, or suelto, gored him through the right leg.

From his hospital bed, Hillmann tells NPR's Kelly McEvers that he feels fine. "They've got me on some really good painkillers, so I'm just kind of floating here," he says.

Hillmann says that his family has been telling him for years to stop running with the bulls, but despite his injury, he won't be stopping. "It's a very important part of my life," he tells McEvers, "and I'm going to continue."


Interview Highlights

On what happened right before he was gored

I ran with the pack at first, and the pack sort of passed me, and I sort of shrugged it off. But I look back and there was one bull that had been separated from the pack and was left. And when that happens the bull loses its herding instinct and it decides just to gore everything in its sight. It's the most dangerous situation in the run, but it's something that I love. ...

And when I get close, the bull instantly sort of acknowledged me and approached me. ... I figured I was going to run this bull all the way into the arena, which was about 80 yards. But I put my hand out behind me and I felt another runner behind me, and when I looked back that runner yelled at me and pushed me. I was like, "Whoa, that is not normal ... Why is that guy doing that?" And the bull came, and he sort of charged when he saw the commotion.

Then the guy pushed me even harder, and this time I fell. And when I fell, the bull fell. And as the bull fell, he gored me in the thigh and lifted me up and threw me.

On what it felt like to be gored by the bull

There was no pain whatsoever. It was just that I felt like I had been picked up and moved. And I crawled out on my back — the bull tried to get me a couple more times as I was crawling out. A medic who was on the other side of the fence, he dragged me out the rest of the way. And I looked down and there was about a racquetball-sized hole in my thigh. And there was another hole in my thigh, sort of under my thigh ... and that was the exit wound of the horn.

And I started thinking, "OK, I might be dying." And I was just kind of amazed by that. ... I asked [the medics], like, "Is it the arteries?" And they sort of looked and kept working, and then they stopped and said, "No. It's just the muscle, you're fine."

On whether it was the other runner's fault

Oh, yeah. No question. ... My running friends have all been researching really vigorously, looking at the photos, to try to identify the runners, and it appears to be three English tourists who were panicking and didn't know what to do and were freaking out. And in the panic, they pushed me.

On the irony of being gored after contributing to Fiesta: How To Survive The Bulls Of Pamplona

I don't see it as an irony at all. I am alive. I survived. ...

Gorings are part of the run, and if you run long enough, you get gored. Most people see it as a badge of honor, you know. I don't know if I feel that strongly about it. I wish I wasn't gored, for example. I mean, I'm not glad I got gored at all.

At the same time, you know, I know when I step in the street that this is part of it.

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U.S. runner Bill Hillmann is gored on his right leg during the running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, on Wednesday. (AP)

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Heading Home To Ohio, LeBron Returns To Cleveland Cavaliers

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