Tom Goldman

Copacabana Beach is supposed to be fun, but it wasn't Saturday night, after the Netherlands beat Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup third-place game.

That loss came on the heels of the 7-1 drubbing by Germany earlier in the week. It's the first time since 1940 that Brazil has lost consecutive home games, prompting calls for change in a country long associated with soccer splendor.

Sunday's championship match pits Germany against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro. But for Brazilian fans, the tournament that began a month ago with so much hope for the host country has ended with a thud.

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Today at the World Cup, host country, Brazil, faces a moment of truth. To keep its dream alive of winning the cup on home soil, Brazil has to beat a very strong German team in a semi-final match. And it has to win without two of its best players.

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In Brazil, tears of joy and relief as the World Cup home team won its quarterfinal against Colombia.

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America's soccer party is over. Yesterday, at the World Cup, Belgium beat the U.S. two-to-one in overtime. That defeat ended a two-week run that saw the U.S. men's national team prove doubters wrong by advancing out of its difficult opening-round group.

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In case you have not heard, David, it's perfect fine to take this day off work. The coach of the U.S. soccer team has published an excuse note for Americans to send their employers saying they were busy World Cup.

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