(CNN) -

It's often described as the game no team wants to play in.

This was certainly the case for Brazil Saturday as the World Cup hosts suffered further embarrassment after the Netherlands triumphed 3-0 in the third place playoff match in Brasilia.

Chaotic defending helped the Dutch race into an early lead with Robin van Persie scoring a penalty before Daley Blind added a second soon after.

Brazil spent much of the second period looking for a way back into the game but despite a couple of dangerous looking free-kicks and a solid claim for a penalty of their own never looked like clawing back the deficit.

A late strike by Georginio Wijnaldum added further gloss to the scoreline and piled even more misery on the World Cup hosts.

It's a result that will doubtless further fuel the debate as to how the world's most successful football nation overhauls the structure of its game after a calamitous end to its first home World Cup in 64 years.

As in Tuesday's 7-1 shellacking at the hands of Germany, a glaring lack of quality and organization shone through in the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha.

Brazil was once more out-maneuvered and out-thought by their well drilled opponents.

Dutch coach Louis van Gaal takes a pride -- which he's not shy of telling everyone about -- in preparing for every eventuality during a match, although he gave the impression that this fixture was not much of a concern to him ahead of the game.

"There is only one award that counts and that is becoming world champions," he had told reporters after losing to Argentina in midweek.

Here, Van Gaal made two changes to the side which started that semifinal.

Jordy Clasie came in for Nigel de Jong in midfield and Jonathan de Guzman replaced Wesley Sneijder who injured a hamstring in the warm-up.

Brazil too altered its personnel.

Captain Thiago Silva was restored to the center of defense after his suspension while Maxwell, Willian and Jo all came in to the side.

It would make little difference.

The shortcomings so ruthlessly exposed by Thomas Muller and co. in Belo Horizonte were clear for all to see right from the off.

Arjen Robben burst clear of the Brazil defense in the first minute and was pulled back by Silva as he approached the box.

The referee had little option despite contact beginning outside the area and pointed to the spot.

He arguably should have sent Silva off for denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity but instead flashed only a yellow card, much to the frustration of Robben.

Van Persie stepped up and blasted the ball high beyond Julio Cesar in the Brazil goal.

Brazil immediately began to press high looking to force a mistake that would let them back into the game, but in doing so left themselves exposed at the back.

It was a tactic that when combined with yet more suicidal defending from David Luiz would lead to the Dutch doubling their advantage after 17 minutes.

A weak headed clearance from the former Chelsea defender fell at the feet of Blind who had what seemed like an age to take two touches to set himself before firing the ball beyond Cesar with his third touch.

Brazilian fans would have been forgiven for fearing the worst at this stage.

But the five times world champions composed themselves as the match progressed.