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Posted: 13 June 2014 Time: 23:16

Spain suffered one of the biggest defeats as defending World Cup champions on Friday night following a 5-1 drubbing by the Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador.

Spain had taken the lead through a controversial penalty, but Robin van Persie’s goal just before the break provided the spark for an amazing second half comeback in which he completed his brace, while Arjen Robben also got two.

Vicente del Bosque opted to start with Diego Costa as his lone striker, but the move backfired as the Atletico Madrid man stumbled through the game.

He did, however, win the penalty on 27 minutes, though replays suggested there was minimal contact with Stefan de Vrij. Xabi Alonso converted from the spot.


Before that Spain dominated, though the Dutch came closest on eight minutes when the brilliant Robben played in Wesley Sneijder, but Iker Casillas stood tall to block his shot.

Spain almost increased their lead on 43 minutes when Andres Inietsa’s visionary pass played in David Silva, but Jasper Cillessen’s fingertip save pushed the ball wide.

Then the moment that changed the game: Daley Blind’s long crossfield pass was a perfect one for Van Persie, whose diving header looped over Casillas to make the scores 1-1 at halftime.

After the break, it was Oranje wave after Oranje wave…

The Netherlands took the lead in the 53 minute through Robben, who produced a brilliant first touch to control a long ball from midfield before rounding Casillas to score.

Van Persie hit the woodwork with a rasping drive soon after, before De Vrij got revenge for the earlier penalty decision by heading home at the far-post, though it seemed as if Van Persie fouled Casillas in the process.

Spain correctly had a goal chalked off for offside soon after, before the Dutch got their fourth wenh the usually reliable Casillas produced a horror first touch from a backpass, allowing Van Persie to sneak in and score.

Sergio Ramos came close with a free-kick shortly afterwards, but Louis van Gaal’s men completed the rout 10 minutes from time as Robben showed great speed to outpace the defence, before outfoxing the keeper and slotting into an open net.

Spain’s night was summed up in injury time when Fernando Torres beat the keeper and looked set to score, but had the ball taken off his foot by Blind as he was about to pull the trigger. 

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Livefyre comments on this story...

Veza'ndlebe (Misunderstood Blogger)
posted: 2014-06-13 21:24:49

Freak game by Spain. They will reach semi's

posted: 2014-06-13 21:25:52

We gave our players kasi names like Yeye, Shabba, Spiderkid, Salt 'n Vinegar. They told us that they are going to buy players from Spain. They brought us Cassilas (Meyiwa), Pique (Lekgwathi) and Iniesta (Manyisa). Guess what happened to them?? Shappa Nerdelands shapa!!!

posted: 2014-06-13 21:26:09

what a revenge. Robben u r the man...growing young everytym u play.

posted: 2014-06-13 21:29:43

That was a moment of madness from Spain;unfortunately,it was at a wrong time

posted: 2014-06-13 21:49:23

That big nose coach must wake up. He was sitting with ammunition on the bench but never used them. Koke, Martinez, Villa why did he take them to brazil

posted: 2014-06-13 21:50:40

Beerginner akanozifaka zonke 

posted: 2014-06-13 21:51:56

Luvuyo Your one of those that hate style, I bet you are a Zebbie

posted: 2014-06-13 22:07:06

Beerginner  u don't knw futbal poi.....wich ever way it wud have happen..just like polkwne city mauling your big head.

kayCee Burgersfort K4L
posted: 2014-06-13 22:20:43

And I said it a day before a match day n ppl laughed at me"Spain can't beat Netherlands" I tip Netherlands or germany to win dis WC

2lani 2hlwane
posted: 2014-06-13 23:16:43

Gud ppl o4 God btwn spain & Dutch wh ar defndn cup

posted: 2014-06-14 01:13:27

kayCee Burgersfort K4L dnt say cant, they dd

zekhaya radebe
posted: 2014-06-14 04:45:41

Those 3pts Plokwane got from Amabukaniya indirectly help them to Playoffs but they must be careful next time.SA soccer gods are Pirates and you pay dearly for beating Bucs.Santos hammered Pirates 3-0 in their only win in the Psl and got relegated,Zebras humbled Bucs 3-0 to clinch Telkom Cup and 3-1 in a League in two weeks!Chimpanzees,Gorillas were skipping their tails high by beating us.Do u know or still remember what happened?That Telkom was the only trophy won by Coloured striped donkeys!!Amabukaniya went on to win Trebble first ever in SA.Be careful when beating Pirates u may upset soccer gods and pay dearly.Polokwane beat Downs and almost got relegated

posted: 2014-06-14 04:49:51

Lol Spain are number last in Group B, I wish they face Chile Next, and Lose 2-1 to Chile so that they can be sent home earlier than expected

posted: 2014-06-14 05:03:06

Hahaha I wake up this morning can't get rid of the banana curse that I saw operating last night,yaa the dutch boys blacksem yoo

posted: 2014-06-14 05:06:36

I salute my 2014 fifa world cup finalist & champions to be "netherlands"

posted: 2014-06-14 05:09:47

In 2010 Spain win the world cup because of Barcelona who was on form under guardiola, when Pep left Barcelona, the teams form drop which also affected the national team, according to me is not Del bosque who win the world cup, Pep will the world cup for him. Spain will not reach the last 16.

posted: 2014-06-14 05:11:27

Unbelievable perfomance by Holland my highlight of the tournament so far coming from a goal down to win it 5 - 1

posted: 2014-06-14 05:11:31

Imagine you're iker casillas this morning what would you do

posted: 2014-06-14 05:13:05

The Orange Wave made Spain look like an ordinary team infact it is an ordinary team!!!Netherlands all the way

posted: 2014-06-14 05:15:32

I agree and I wish Pep shoulb be held responsible for Spain's downward spiraling. Because of his selfish reasons he left Spain and now look.

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