World Cup Recap - Netherlands vs. Spain
June 13, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Final Score: Netherlands 5, Spain 1
Salvador, Brazil (SportsNetwork.com) - The Netherlands avenged its loss to Spain in the 2010 World Cup final in grand fashion, laying a 5-1 thumping on the reigning champions at the Arena Fonte Nova on Friday to open Group B play with maximum points.
Spain had taken the lead in the 27th minute thanks to Xabi Alonso's penalty, but Robin van Persie answered with a superb diving header in the 44th minute to send the two sides into the halftime interval level at a goal apiece.
The second half belonged to the Dutch as Louis van Gaal's men scored four unanswered goals to cruise to a momentous victory.
Arjen Robben put Holland in front in the 53rd minute before Stefan de Vrij extended the lead 11 minutes later.