Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho was involved as Brazil lost 3-0 to the Netherlands in the World Cup third/fourth place play-off

Paulinho was replaced just before the hour. Picture: Action Images

Paulinho was replaced just before the hour. Picture: Action Images

First published in Sport

Paulinho's World Cup involvement with Brazil came to a low-key end as the Netherlands beat the Selecao to third place.

The Spurs midfielder started and played the first 57 minutes before being replaced by Internazionale midfielder Hernanes, as Luiz Felipe Scolari's side were beaten 3-0 by the Dutch.

Defeat means Brazil have been beaten twice in five days, conceding ten goals on route to fourth place at the World Cup.

Brazil were behind inside three minutes when Robin van Persie was tugged back by Thiago Silva, the Manchester United striker converting the subsequent penalty.

Daley Blind added the second - his first for the Netherlands - soon after, latching onto David Luiz's ill-advised header and planting beyond Julio Cesar.

Louis Van Gaal's side completed the job in the 90th minute when Georginio Wijnaldum tucked home Daryl Janmaat's cross at the near post.

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