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Robben, Van Persie Run Riot Against Spain

World Cup

Group B

Result: Spain 5-1 Netherlands

Date: 13 June 2014

Venue: Arena Fonta Nova

The Netherlands were in a rampant mood as they thrashed Spain 5-1 in their opening World Cup group clash.

Louis Van Gaal's men pulled off a brilliant second half performance against the reigning World Cup champions, as Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben both bagged braces in the rout.

Wesley Sneijder should have opened the scoring as early as the eighth minute, the midfielder was played in on goal by Arjen Robben but was denied by a great Iker Casillas save. 

Spain eventually took the lead in the 26th minute in controversial circumstances, as Diego Costa was adjudged to have been brought down in the box, Xabi Alonso stepped up and made no mistake from the spot. 

La Roja dominated throughout the first half and nearly doubled in the 42nd minute, as Andres Iniesta's delightful ball played in David Silva but the Manchester City midfielder failed to beat Cillessen from close range.

A minute later and the Dutch were level, as Danny Blind's long ball found Robin Van Persie on the end of the box, and the striker's instinctive looped over Iker Casillas and into the goal.

The Dutch eventually took the lead in the 52nd minute with a bit of individual brilliance, as Arjen Robben latched on to a long ball before showing great composure to slot past Casillas.

Van Persie almost increased their lead in the 58th minute as his right-footed volley crashed onto the crossbar.

Minutes later and they did manage to increased the lead as defender, Stefan De Vrij bundled home Robben's free-kick.

It got worse for Spain in the 71st minute, as mistake from goalkeeper, Casillas, let in Van Persie, who made no mistake with the goal at his mercy.

The rout didn't stop there as Robben managed to outpace the Spanish defence, dribbled past Casillas and then neatly finished into the back of the net.

The defending World Champions had no answer for the Dutch, as the were outplayed in the second half.

 

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