Dutch embarrass champs Spain
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For the first time in World Cup history two sides that met in the previous tournament’s final locked horns in their first game when defending champions Spain took on the Netherlands at Brazil’s Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. But things played out differently for the Dutch who won the match 5-1.
Spain kicked things off and the game gained momentum quickly when the Netherlands midfielder, Wesley Sneijder, made an attempt at goal in the first 10 minutes.
Spain found their feet as the game progressed, playing their famous ticka-ticka football which earned them a penalty when Diego Costa was fouled in the 27th minute. Xabi Alonso scored the penalty and Spanish supporters in the stadium went into pandemonium.
With Spain in the lead and maintaining 60% of the ball possession, it looked like the Netherlands would face another defeat at the hands of Spanish side.
But towards the end of the first half Dutch captain Robin van Persie scored a spectacular goal giving the side the equalizer. This buoyed Van Gaal’s team into the second half where they dictated the match’s terms.
As the second half commenced Spain struggled to maintain their game in wet conditions. Arjen Robben put the Netherlands in the lead in the 53rd minute when he scored his first goal of the match.
After taking the lead the Netherlands ran wild.
Van Persie gave Spain a scare when he nearly scored his second goal of the match in the 59th minute, but the third Dutch goal came from Stefan de Vrij who scored from a free kick. It was the young defender’s first international goal.
Things became embarrassing for the Spanish as their defence crumbled, and van Persie and Robben scored the final two goals of the night.
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