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Spain Vs. Netherlands: Score, Recap & Highlights

Arjen Robben World Cup 2014 Spain

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Spain 1
Netherlands 5

The Netherlands had to wait four years for a rematch with Spain after losing the 2010 final, but to just about everyone in Holland, the wait was well worth it.

The Dutchmen didn’t just beat the defending champs in the teams’ World Cup opener in Salvador, Brazil. They throttled the Spaniards 5-1, handing them their worst World Cup loss in 64 years.

Arjen Robben destroyed the Spanish defenses at will and De Oranje were able to recover from Xabi Alonso’s early penalty to make a mockery of the FIFA World Rankings.

Robin Van Persie scored the goal of the tournament with an amazing diving header, and also chipped home another. The fifth goal was scored by Stefan de Vrij after he headed it against his foot. Spain looked disinterested and lethargic.

Read on for more about how it went down and what it means, and follow along here as Australia takes on Chile in the group’s other match.


Arjen Robben Was Out of This World

Way way way better.

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