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Tired, disappointed Dutch have to stay at World Cup for game they don't want to play

  • Argentina players celebrate after winning a shootout at the end of the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Argentina won 4-2 on penalties after the match ended 0-0 after extra time. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    Argentina players celebrate after winning a shootout at the end of the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Argentina won 4-2 on penalties after the match ended 0-0 after extra time. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)  (The Associated Press)

  • Netherlands' goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen lies on the pitch after losing to Argentina in a World Cup semifinal soccer match at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout to reach the World Cup final against Germany. (AP Photo/Francois Xavier Marit, Pool)

    Netherlands' goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen lies on the pitch after losing to Argentina in a World Cup semifinal soccer match at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout to reach the World Cup final against Germany. (AP Photo/Francois Xavier Marit, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Netherlands' Wesley Sneijder watches as Argentina players celebrate after winning a shootout at the end of the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Argentina won 4-2 on penalties after the match ended 0-0 after extra time.  (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Netherlands' Wesley Sneijder watches as Argentina players celebrate after winning a shootout at the end of the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Argentina won 4-2 on penalties after the match ended 0-0 after extra time. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

The Netherlands squad must stay at the World Cup when coach Louis van Gaal dearly wishes they could just go home. Next up? The game no one wants to play.

Faced with the prospect of the third-place game in Brasilia following a disappointing semifinal loss in a penalty shootout, Dutch coach Louis van Gaal has criticized the penultimate match of the tournament as meaningless and "nothing whatsoever to do with sports."

Van Gaal says he's been campaigning for over a decade for it to be scrapped.

Dutch forward Arjen Robben agrees, dismissing the relevance of the game. Asked how he felt about playing against Brazil for third, Robben replied: "They can keep it. Only one prize counts and that is becoming world champion." Germany and Argentina meet in Sunday's final.