SAO PAULO (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will attend the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium along with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazil's Foreign Ministry said Saturday.
Brasília (AFP) - Brazil's miserable World Cup campaign ended to a chorus of boos on Saturday as the hosts slumped to a 3-0 defeat against the Netherlands in the third place playoff match. A penalty from Robin van Persie and a Daley Blind strike saw the Dutch take a 2-0 lead after only 17 minutes as Brazil endured more woe after their humiliating 7-1 semi-final rout by Germany. Once again Brazil's defence was hopelessly exposed, with the first Dutch goal coming when van Persie sent Robben racing in behind them. Thiago Silva tugged the Bayern Munich star over and although the foul began outside the penalty area, Algerian referee Djamel Haimoudi pointed to the spot.