In a shocking development, world champions Spain was clobbered by the Netherlands 5-1 in their World Cup debut on Friday. The match was a repeat of the 2010 South Africa final, which resulted in the Spaniards’ first ever title.
In Brazil, however, it was a blood bath, to the surprise of fans who had been waiting four years in anticipation of the chance to repeat the historical feat and win back-to-back Word Cups. But it was not to be.
The match between Spain and the Orange was built up to be one of the best in the groups stage of the 2014 World Cup. Instead it ended up being a one sided goal fest, a welcome development for Netherlands fans who were devastated following the loss of the final in 2010.
For a moment it looked as if Spain would get its way again when Alonso (27th minute) scored first with a penalty kick, after Stefan de Vrij was unable to stop Diego Costa’s advance. Alonso served a beauty to put the ball past Dutch goalie Jasper Cillessen.
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Even though Spain was first to score, the match was one sided and the current world champions looked flat and unorganized in their desperation to stop the deadly Dutch counterattack. This was not the same team that played in South Africa in the 2010 final.
After Alonso’s penalty goal, it was hammer time, starting with Robin Van Persie, the Dutch superstar, scoring a sensational header past a surprised Iker Casillas. The brilliant assist from Daley Blind allowed Van Persie enough time to get in position and put the equalizer over the Spanish goalie’s head.
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Arjen Robben put the Dutch ahead 2-1 after another Daley Blind assist and Casillas was helpless to stop it. At this point Spain was clearly panicking and in the 64th minute Wesley Sneijder took advantage scoring a free kick for the Orange’s third goal.
The Netherlands was not done with the blood bath. In the 73rd minute Casillas didn’t handle a kick from Van Persie properly, which resulted in another goal. The Dutch were up 4-1 and they were not done.
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All of Spain was defending, attempting to stop the bleeding and Casillas once again left the empty net for the Dutch to score. Arjen Robben put the Orange up and the last nail in Spain’s coffin. The final result was 5-1.
This is how Group B looks after Spain’s shocking loss to the Netherlands:
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