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Louis van Gaal ends Spain's era of dominance?

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This weekend produced one of the most entertaining World Cup games we have seen for years, with Holland inflicting a humiliating 5-1 defeat on the current world champions Spain, perhaps sparking the end of an era of Tiki-Taka dominance. 

Before their opening game commenced even the Dutch press were ruling their own country out of picking up any kind of positive result against the team they lost to in the final four years ago. The reality of what happened was quite astonishing. 

The Spanish began the game living up to their reputation as they went 1-0 up in the first half, however what happened after that was complete attacking dominance from the Netherlands as they clinically took almost every every chance they got. The second half saw Louis Van Gaal's men slice into Spain like a knife through butter as they looked for bitter revenge from their defeat in 2010, and they certainly got that; A team that was considered as the greatest ever only two years ago, had no answers. 

Questions had been raised about Spain when Brazil brushed them aside in the Confederations Cup last year but they still entered this tournament as one of the favourites and for good reason. 

This team rejuvenated the way we look at the modern game with their Tika-Taka style of play which seemed flawless. Players such as Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Xabi Alonso dictated the tempo of their games with immaculate ball control which saw them win two European Championships and be crowned world champions, all in successive years. 

The entire planet were exasperated by what was considered the best team in the history of international football. Nevertheless, as good as Spain were they always lacked a plan B and Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie punished them for it.

Spain's ageing star players looked out of ideas as they didn't seem to play the ball forward enough to truly threaten. Their usually formidable captain and the most capped player at the World Cup, Iker Casillas, seemed nervous as he simply handed Van Persie Holland's fourth goal on a plate. 

Teams are finally starting to work out how to unsettle Spain's possession football and the Netherlands comprehensively proved that. This was not a case of Spain being poor, it was simply due to them not able to control the unpredictable attacking pace and quality from a very good team.

Spain's time at the top now seems to be at an end, possibly a bit earlier than anticipated as their fear factor has been obliterated. Other teams will learn from this and now play against Vincent del Bosque's side thinking they can win. As for the Netherlands, they have unfinished business at the World Cup and going on that performance, they might just finish it.

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