Blind, who is the son of the Dutch assistant coach Danny, in particular looked mature and composed in both defense and attack before being carried off injured late on while de Vrij was again calm in defence.

If only the future looked as rosy for Brazil.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will find out whether he will keep his job as coach as the post-mortem begins.

"It is up to the president to decide," Scolari told reporters after the match, referring to the head of the Brazilian Football Federation. "We will hand in a final report and then leave it to him to analyze what needs to be done."

Meanwhile, many of the players who performed so miserably in the latter stages will likely not play for their national team again.

And yet, despite all this, the most painful result could be yet to come.

Argentina will face Germany Sunday in the Maracana Stadium in Rio to decide who will win this most entertaining of tournaments.

Should Brazil's great South American rivals triumph, this World Cup could quite possibly top the famous Maracanzo of 1950 in the annals of Brazilian sporting disasters.