Chicago Town Take Away Slice of the Action: The Netherlands completely destroy Spain in Group B opener 8 years ago

Chicago Town Take Away Slice of the Action: The Netherlands completely destroy Spain in Group B opener

Wow.

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Robin van Persie scored the first truly great goal, with his head, of this summer's World Cup.

The Dutchman waited and waited before lofting an improbable header over Iker Casillas to level the match at 1-1.

Arjen Robben's sublime first touch and deflected shot made it 2-1 early in the second half. It was the first time Spain had conceded two goals in a game since they played Scotland in 2010.

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Stefan de Vrij's first goal for his country made it 3-1 as the Dutch completely overran a sloppy La Roja.

An Iker Casillas brain-fade allowed van Persie in to put the match out of Spain's reach.

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Robben's second goal of the game made it 5-1, as Spain were completely massacred.

Xabi Alonso had grabbed the World Cup holders' first goal of the tournament from the penalty spot. The spot-kick was awarded when Diego Costa was caught by the trailing leg of de Vrij. Judge for yourselves below whether or not the striker made a meal of it.

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