Revenge is best served hot they say and the Dutch will not differ to agree. If you were up late night and watching this fixture, you would rub your eyes in disbelief at what you had just witnessed.
2010 World cup finalists Netherlands hammered champions Spain for 5 goals in what was a completely one sided contest. Van Gaal’s side scored 5 goals past Keeper Casillas, to remind everyone of why they are one of the hot favorites.
Final Score: Spain 1-5 Netherlands
Venue: Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador.
Date: June 13th
Time: 12:30 am IST
Spain opened the scoring through a Xabi Alonso penalty in the 27th who ran rampant over their European counterparts. Robben and Van Persie set the pitch on fire scoring two wonderful goals each to guide the Dutch to a famous win. Van Persie equalized for the Dutch with a fantastic flying header and then capped it up with another goal by poaching the ball from keeper Casillas, who will have a day to forget.
Robben, on the other hand was easily the star performer. He ran circles around the Spanish defense with ease and scored some fantastic goals with fine piece of skill and trickery.
The Dutch managed to score 4 goals within a span of 25 mins to kill the game, including a header from defender De Vrij of Wesley Sneijder’s free kick. Spain has conceded 5 more goals for the first time since 1963 and Del Bosque’s side must put this performance behind them.
Goal differences have always been crucial in World Cups and Spain must win by the numbers against Australia and Chile if they have to push for the upcoming rounds.
Line ups: Spain (4-3-3): Casillas – Azpilicueta, Sergio Ramos, Pique, Jordi Alba – Xavi, Busquets, Xabi Alonso – David Silva, Costa, Iniesta.
Fernando Torers (for Costa, 62′)
Pedro (for Alonso, 63′)
Cesc Fabregas (for Silva, 78′)
Netherlands (4-3-1-2): Vorm– Janmaat, de Vrij, Vlaar, Martins Indi – de Guzman, de Jong, Blind– Sneijder – Van Persie, Robben.
Georginio Wijnaldum (for de Guzman, 62′)
Joel Veltman (for de Vrij, 77′)
Jeremain Lens (for van Persie, 79′)
Man of the match – It was a tough call to make between Van Persie and midfield general Robben. Both of them had a field day out with two goals each in their pockets. They were both on the losing side in 2010 and they repaid the favor today rather nicely.