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Spain humiliated by five-star Netherlands

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A tight and very organised Netherlands team ran rampant over reigning world champions Spain in a 5-1 humiliation in Salvador, with Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben starring for the Dutch.

Spain lived up to the hype after 27 minutes when Stefan de Vrij was adjudged to have brought down Diego Costa in the box and gave away a penalty which Xabi Alonso duly converted.

The tide turned one minute before half-time, however, as a 50-yard cross-field pass by Daley Blind - son of Ajax and Netherlands legend Danny Blind - was acrobatically headed in by Van Persie who resembled a leaping salmon as he nodded the ball over the stranded Iker Casillas.

After half-time, Robben brilliantly controlled yet another fantastic cross from Blind, cut back on Gerard Pique and shot powerfully past Casillas.

The third came from the head and foot of De Vrij from a controversial free-kick as he bundled in Wesley Sneijder's cross. Firstly it shouldn't have been given the Netherlands' way in the first place after a hand ball by Blind and Van Persie also appeared to foul Casillas in the process.

Van Persie's second goal came when a poor touch from Casillas after a back pass from Sergio Ramos allowed the Dutch talisman in to dispossess the Real Madrid 'keeper and convert for the Netherlands fourth over an off-colour Spain side.

Spain's ultimate humiliation was complete when Robben took full advantage of a mix-up between Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos to run in and slot a shot past the sprawling Casillas and finish off the biggest World Cup shock in recent memory.

The villain of the piece seemed to be Brazilian-born Diego Costa, who had decided to play for Spain in this tournament and at every opportunity was booed by the Brazilian fans as a result. Costa had absolutely no impact on the game apart from winning the penalty, and was subbed for Fernando Torres late on.

Torres had a chance to get a goal back for Spain in the dying minute, however he failed to score from only three yards, summing up Spain's overall performance; there, but not delivering where it really matters.

Before this game, the last time Spain had conceded more than four goals was in 1963 against Scotland. The last time Spain had lost four goals in a major competition was on Brazilian soil 64 years ago at the World Cup in Brazil in 1950.

The Netherlands have now given themselves a massive opportunity to finish Group B as winners and probably face one of Mexico, Croatia or Cameroon in the last 16.

Spain, on the other hand, can realistically only finish second and if that happens they'll meet Brazil in the next round, unless Brazil mess up appallingly in their next couple of games.

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