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Van Persie: Dutch Are Over The Moon

Dutch captain, Robin van Persie, has confirmed that his whole country is 'over the moon' following their 5-1 thrashing of Spain.

Van Persie, who scored two goals in the famous victory over the defending world champions, is proud at his side’s performance but tried to calm down raising expectations.

"Spain have won everything there is to win over the past six years,” he told

“They've shown the world what they have to offer time and time again, so ending their outstanding run of success is great for us.

“We pulled off an amazing result, but it's a long tournament and we have a long road ahead of us to win it."

The Manchester United striker admitted that "everybody in Holland is over the moon" but says he has learned from previous tournaments how to deal with the hype.

"We're dealing with the fans' expectations, which are much lower compared with other years. I think that gives us an advantage because nobody expected much from us,” he added.

“This is my fifth major international tournament and I know how these things work: the elation disappears as quickly as it appears. We have to be realistic.

"It was an amazing start to the tournament and we've made a lot of people happy.”

The Netherlands will play Australia in their second Group B match at 18:00 tonight.

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