BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Left back Maxwell and striker Jo were among six players entering Brazil’s lineup for the third-place match against the Netherlands on Saturday, while Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder had to pull out after getting injured during the warmup.
Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari made four other changes from the team that started the devastating 7-1 loss to Germany in semifinals. Captain Thiago Silva, who missed the match against Germany because of a yellow card suspension, was back in the lineup as expected, but the coach also included three new midfielders: Willian, Ramires and Paulinho.
Leaving the team were Marcelo, Dante, Fernandinho, Hulk, Bernard and Fred.
Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal, in his final match with the Netherlands before joining Manchester United, had made only one change from the team that lost on penalties to Argentina in the semifinals. He replaced Nigel de Jong, who earlier in the tournament had a groin injury, with Jordy Clasie. But Sneijder appeared to hurt his leg while warming up ahead of the match and was replaced by Jonathan de Guzman in the last minute.
Brazil: Julio Cesar; Maicon, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Maxwell; Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho, Ramires, Willian, Oscar; Jo.
Netherlands: Jasper Cillessen; Dirk Kuyt, Ron Vlaar, Stefan de Vrij, Bruno Martins Indi, Jordy Clasie, Daley Blind; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jonathan de Guzman; Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie.