The Netherlands humiliated and humbled Spain by 5-1

Not since 1963 against Scotland has Spain been this hammered, humiliated and humbled. It was Friday the 13th for the Spaniards at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador when they played The Netherlands in the world cup opener which marked the beginning of their title defence.

Arjen Robben
Arjen Robben

The third match of the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil already had the makings of a classic, it was the repeat of the 2010 Fifa World Cup final in South Africa which saw the Spain edge out The Netherlands by a solitary Andrés Iniesta goal.

As if that was not enough, the Manchester United bound Louis van Gaal spent some time at the helm of FC Barcelona while 2010 Fifa World Cup winning Spanish mentor Vicente del Bosque spent some time at the helm of Real Madrid, Barcelona’s arch-rivals.

And then there is Arjen Robben, a winger who played an integral part in the FC Bayern Munch team that took apart FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League semi final in 2013.

Spain opened the scoring on the 27th minute from a penalty spot when they were awarded an incredibly soft penalty, Xabi Alonso made no mistake.

Right before half time on the 44th minute, Man United hitman Robin van Persie spectacular header pulled the lesser fancied Dutch right back into the match.

Less than 10 minutes into the second half, FC Bayern winger Arjen Robben put the Dutch ahead with his 53rd minute strike.

Spain began to lose shape by the minute and the Dutch took full advantage, Arjen Robben was running wild becoming harder and harder for del Bosque’s man to contain.

A less that pretty Stefan de Vrij 64th minute strike gave the Netherlands some room to breath, Van Persie and Robben launched fresh assaults and Spain gave.

On the 72nd minute, Van Persie put it beyond doubt and Robben concluded with an elaborate ‘Classic Robben Goal’ on the 80th minute.

Spain never regained shape and the Netherlands began their 2014 Fifa World Cup in spectacular fashion.



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