The Spanish came to the World Cup with a veteran squad, and the Netherlands came in with some veterans but with more than seven new players, five of them in the midfield. However, the youth of Holland would play above their years, and come back against Spain, and finish beating La Roja 5-1.
Byline: Jorge Belon, Editor in Chief
SALVADOR– The Dutch exercised the demons of the 2010 World Cup final on Friday, where they lost to Spain 1-0. The Orange Machine returned the favor in 2014 with a 5-1 smashing victory at the Arena Fonte Nova with Arjen Robben and Robbin van Persie leading the way with two goals apiece.
Even though Persie and Robben combined for four of the five Dutch goals, it would be Robben first goal at the 53 minute that would give the Netherlands the 2-1 lead and eventually the victory.
Dutch midfielder Daley Blind sent an accurate aerial pass from the center right hand corner of the midfield to a Robben that was dashing into the penalty box. The Bayern Munich forward controlled the l toong range pass with a clinical first touch, and brought the ball down.
Less than second later, Robben made a quick cut to his left to elude one Spanish defender in the top of the penalty box to create space to take a shot in front of goal. Even though he fooled the Spanish defender, another defender came to close down Robben shot.
The Dutch forward took a small step with the ball to give himself a brief second to take the shot, and then he blasted the ball into the back of the net to give Holland the lead.
Though the Spanish took the lead at 27 minute of the match, through a converted penalty kick from Xabi Alonso, La Roja got on a great start to the game with Alonso clinical finish.
However, the Dutch did not lie down and let Spain’s midfield take over the game. Instead the Netherlands young midfield went to work, by building momentum. Finally Holland would break through right before half time, Blind again crossed the ball from the right hand side of the field, to a running Persie.
The Manchester United forward would not even attempt to bring the ball down; instead, he went for a header barely entering the penalty box. Persie header would float over Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas head and enter the top right hand corner of the net to tie the match 1-1.
Persie after scoring the tying goal would go running to the sidelines to celebrate with his teammates and head coach. The goal had appeared to lift the spirits of the Dutch players.
“This is incredible and inexplicable,” Van Persie told Voetbal International. “For us, this is a dream come true and we have to enjoy it — everyone in Holland must, too.This is because of the coach. He has prepared us great and he predicted how the game would go. It’s incredible, because it was exactly as he and the staff predicted for us.”
In the second half, the Dutch did not wait for the Spanish team to get going as they push the momentum and were rewarded with an early goal from Robben to make it 2-1.
After that goal Holland would explode for three more goals in a 27 minute span. Goals that came from: a header from defender Stefan de Vrij at the 65 minute, in the 72 minute, Persie would get his second goal by stealing the ball away from Casillas, and then tipping the ball into an open net. Robben would score the last goal of the night at the 80 minute; he would score his second goal of the night.
However, he would first destroy any pride Spain had left, by outrunning Spanish defender Sergio Ramos. Then he fooled Casillas by doing a spin move, and making the Real Madrid goalie dive to the ground. Robben then moved towards the middle of the penalty box, and with Casillas attempting to chase after him, as he was constantly losing his footing and eventually just fell on the floor and Robben would blast the ball into the top right hand corner of the net to end the game 5-1.
“I don’t have words to explain it,” Spain’s Coach, Vicente Del Bosque told the New York Times, after the demoralizing 5-1 defeat. “We’ve never been a very defensive team, but we were very weak. We didn’t recognize the ability of van Persie and Robben. We didn’t react properly. They played euphoric, and they hammered us.”
Spain will need to rebound against Chile on Wednesday, June 18, and must get three points to keep their World Cup champions repeat dream alive, their second match will be in the historical Estádio do Maracanã.
As for the Netherlands, they will be facing Australia on June 18 as well, but they will be playing at the Estádio Beira in Rio. If Holland wins, they will be heading to the next round.
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