So when the two were paired in the same group (Group B), we were in for an exciting game. Spain had gone on to win the European Cup and two Spanish clubs had made it to the finals of the Uefa Champions league final. Spain’s power house were in their midfield where a galaxy of Barcelona stars dominated the midfield.
When Vicente Del Bosque’s side took the lead through the spot kick in the 27th minutes, we knew Spain were stating a claim to defend their world title. But the world champions went to sleep only 30 minutes into the game. The powerhouse of the Spainish game lost control of the game and never seemed to recover back.
Manchester United striker and the Netherlands all- time recorder score, Robin van Persie equalised with a sensational diving header just before half-time.
Vicente Del Bosque could not find antidote to Louis van Gaal tactics as he watched in dismay as the Netherlands torn his side apart in humiliation. Diego Costa was not himself making Dutch keeper Jasper Cillessen enjoy an easy day. Even substitute Fernando Torres would fail to score from three yards when he had an empty net. Pressure was on the defenders of the world champions as they could not contain the attacks of Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben and van Persie.
The Netherlands totally dominated the second half and took the lead through Arjen Robben. Spain’s Captain Iker Casillas had a bad day and was dispossessed off the ball by van Persie for the fourth goal. Arjen Robben added his second and Stefan de Vrij, the defender who had given Spain the penalty also netted to add to Spain’s humiliation on the night.
It was the first Spain conceded 5 goals in an international competition for the first time since losing 6-2 to Scotland in June 1963.