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Scolari: We must honour the Brazil shirt against Netherlands

Scolari: We must honour the Brazil shirt against Netherlands

The Selecao boss refused to look back after a record-breaking defeat to Germany and pledged to restore some pride in the third-place playoff on Saturday

Luiz Felipe Scolari has called on Brazil to forget their semi-final capitulation as they head into the World Cup third-place playoff.

The tournament hosts' dreams of a final appearance in front of their passionate supporters disappeared in 29 nightmare minutes in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday, as a rampant Germany raced into a 5-0 lead.

Brazil eventually succumbed to a humiliating 7-1 defeat, leaving the nation stunned at the manner of their team's exit.

Scolari's side now face Netherlands in Brasilia on Saturday and the coach views the game as an opportunity for Brazil to put the past behind them.

"I know my career will be marked by this defeat," said Scolari to reporters.

"But we have an obligation to move on and think about the next goal, which in this case is the match for third place on Saturday in Brasilia.

"We made the semi-finals, the top four teams in the world, and there were a lot of good teams that were knocked out before us.

"I know it's a much smaller dream that we all wanted, but we have to honour the shirt of the national team."