As it happened; Netherlands 5-1 Spain, World Cup Vengeance
Netherlands thrashed Spain 5-1 in the group stage of 2014 World Cup, taking the revenge of 2010 final loss
Spain gave Netherlands a heartbreak in the World Cup 2010 final in South Africa. They won by an extra time winner from Andres Iniesta, with a scoreline of 1-0. The Dutch had vengeance on their mind as they came to play the Spanish. They annihilated their opponents, and gave them no mercy. It was a group stage match in the World Cup 2014.
The match looked in Spain’s favour in the beginning as they opened scoring in the first 30 minutes. Diego Costa was fouled in the box for which Spain got a penalty, converted by the ice cold Xabi Alonso. David Silva missed an easy chance a few minutes later. Netherlands got back in the game just before half time with a goal. Daley blind made a sublime cross which was sensationally headed by Van Persie to draw the score level.
A Second half to forget for Spain
The second half was a complete disaster for Spain as they sat back and saw Netherlands score one after one. The partnership of Pique and Ramos at defence and Iker Casillas in the goal even couldn’t stop the fierce Dutch attack. Another Daley Blind sublime cross from the left meeting Robben, who eloped Pique and finished with his signature left turn. Robben scored in the opening five minutes of the second half, to give them the lead. Soon, Stefan De Vrij, headed a freekick from Wesley Sneidjer into the corner making it 3-1 for Louis Van Gaal’s men.
The beating didn’t end here, as Casillas’ mistake led to Van Persie sneaking in another for Netherlands. Last but not the least, Robben outpaced Spanish defenders to win the ball by Sneidjer. Took the ball past Casillas and scored another with his amazing left foot, sealing the game. The last time Spain conceded five goals in an international match was in 1963. Netherlands had their vengeance of the 2010 World Cup final, leaving their rivals exasperated.