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HT Analysis: Spain v Netherlands

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Group B

Score: Spain 1-0 Netherlands

Date: 13 June 2014

Venue: Arena Fonta Nova

Robin Van Persie cancelled out Xabi Alonso's penalty as Spain and the Netherlands go into the halftime break with scores tied at 1-1. 

It was business as usual for La Roja in the opening exchanges, as their usual passing game took over as they enjoyed a lion-share of the possession, while, Jonathan de Guzman and Nigel De Jong did their best to disrupt the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Xabi Alonso. 

Spain did survive a early scare as Iker Casillas managed to deny Wesley Sneijder from point blank range, after being played in by Arjen Robben. 

Vicente Del Bosque's men were rewarded for the dominance as Xabi Alonso slotted home from the penalty spot, after Diego Costa was brought down in the box. 

It looked like Spain would go into the break leading the Dutch, until Robin Van Persie headed past Casillas, after the striker was picked out by Danny Blind. The goal coming against the run of play.

 

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