COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) One of the worst finals in World Cup history - Spain vs. the Netherlands - will be reprised in one of the first games at the 2014 edition.
But Friday's draw proved kind, of sorts, for Brazil. The host nation should make short work of its Group A.
Brazil, however, could then bang up against the Spanish or the Dutch in the very first knockout game. Should it lose, not unimaginable against such pedigree teams, the host nation's sorrow would surely suck some of the samba-loving sense of fun out of the tournament.