Reds striker Robin van Persie skippered the team and scored his fourth goal of the tournament from the penalty spot before Daley Blind and Georginio Wijnaldum added to the hosts' agony. The Dutch quickly showed no hangover from the penalty shoot-out defeat to Argentina in midweek. Van Persie expertly released Arjen Robben and Thiago Silva pulled the Bayern Munich winger down with the referee pointing to the spot.
It may have been unfortunate as the infringement appeared to take place marginally outside of the box but Silva was lucky to escape a red card. Van Persie made no mistake by drilling a perfect spot-kick past Julio Cesar with only three minutes on the clock.
The home fans were stunned in disbelief soon afterwards, when Blind capitalised on a poor defensive header by David Luiz to control the ball carefully and arrow home a fine finish. Brazil struggled to carve out clear-cut opportunities but Oscar felt he deserved a penalty, rather than a booking for simulation, for a clash with Blind inside the box in the second half.
Robben also wanted a spot-kick as he tormented the South Americans with his incisive running and it was his pass that led to Daryl Janmaat crossing for Wijnaldum to slam in a third in stoppage time.