Many football fans tipped Spain to win the opening Group B match that saw a repeat of the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and Holland.
Someone must have forgotten to give the Dutch the script because they had other ideas. Deadly on the counter, clinical in front of goal, the men from Netherlands were out for revenge.
Spain's coaching staff should have taken a leaf out of Barcelona's season and learned that teams with pacey players have found a way to counter the infamous tiki-taka tradition of Spanish football. This is why Real Madrid was successful in the UCL and Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.
These teams have very pacey and attack-minded players that could harm any team on the counter, as well as a good defence. They can swallow the pressure as you pass the ball around, but when they get a hold of it, they go straight for goal.
Spain needs to change their approach, or add a new dimension to it in order to have a successful campaign.