One of the best opening round games of World Cup 2014 with Spain taking on Netherlands.The last time Holland and Spain played in a World Cup match the game finished 1-0 to Spain.

The first clear chance of the game fell to Sneijder, but Casillas made a brilliant save to deny the former Real Madrid man. It didn’t take long for Iniesta to try his luck from outside the area, but the ball sails over the post.

Vlaar made a great block to deny Diego Costa, after he manages to get behind the Dutch lines. De Jong and Sneijder both escaped yellow cards for late challanges. Holland continued to sit behind with three central defenders, but Costa seemed the only attacking threat.

Costa finally won his team a penalty, after going past the Dutch lines De Vrij took him down. Xabi Alonso had no problems converting the penalty as he slots the ball ito the bottom right corner.

Robin Van Persie scored a brilliant header just before the half-time to equalize, after picking out an early cross from Daley Blind. Diego Costa had few chances in the first half, though David Silva was denied a great goal by Cillessen a minute before Van Persie’s header.

Both teams made no changes at the break, but rain started pouring down onto the pitch. Robben gave Netherlands the lead after brilliantly controlling a lofted through ball from Daley Blind. Robben has now scored six times in his last seven appearances for Netherlands.

Diego Costa and Martins Indi clashed again on the edge of the penalty area, but the referee didn’t see the incident. Soon Robin Van Persie smashed the crossbar after a lovely pass from Janmaat. Defender De Vrij made it 3-1 from a scrappy free-kick. Silva goal was disallowed after he was caught offside.

Robin Van Persie made it 4-1 after a blunder from Iker Casillas. The Real Madrid legend miscontrolled the ball after a heavy touck and Van Persie was at the right place at the right time. Robben continued the drubbing after brilliantly outpacing Ramos and dancing around both the defenders and Casillas inside the penalty box.

 

Casillas made a brilliant double save just before the stoppage time to deny both Wijnaldum and Robben. This is the first time Spain have conceded five goals in a game since losing to Scotland 6-2 in 1963. Netherlands thrash defending Champions 5-1, there is no easy way for them now. Goals from Van Persie, Robben and De Vrij wrapped up the three points for Van Gaal’s men, despite Alonso’s opener.

 

Spain: Casillas, Azpilicueta, Sergio Ramos, Pique, Jordi Alba, Alonso, Xavi, Busquets, Silva, Diego Costa, Iniesta.
Subs: De Gea, Albiol, Javi Martinez, Juanfran, Villa, Torres, Fabregas, Pedro, Mata, Koke, Cazorla, Reina.

Holland: Cillessen, Janmaat, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, De Guzman, Sneijder, De Jong, van Persie, Robben.
Subs: Vorm, Verhaegh, Veltman, Kongolo, Kuyt, Clasie, Lens, Fer, Huntelaar, Wijnaldum, Depay, Krul.

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