Two goals in the first 16 minutes was all it took for the Dutch to defeat Spain on Tuesday night in Amsterdam.
World Cup star Stefan de Vrij gave the hosts the lead in the 13th minute, heading past goalkeeper David de Gea. It was Davy Klassen who doubled the Netherlands lead just three minutes later. The Dutch controlled much of the first half, but La Roja picked up their game in the second half; particularly due to the introduction of Manchester City maestro David Silva.
Despite a more lively Spain side in the second half, the visitors were still unable to impact the match. The 2-0 loss made it their third consecutive friendly loss for the first time since 2001, as mentioned by the BBC.
That particular statistic stands out; it indicates how much Spain are struggling since their poor campaign in Brazil last year. Spain have lost four of their last eight matches since the world cup, the most shocking of those losses being a 2-1 defeat in a Euro qualifying match against Slovakia.
At the moment Vicente del Bosque's side sit second in their Euro qualifying group, three points behind Slovakia. If Spain are to top their group they must rediscover some of their best form that won them a World Cup and two consecutive European Championships.
The amount of raw talent in the Spain squad is unreal. It includes the likes of young stars Isco, Koke, Marc Bartra, Thiago Alcantara, Munir el Haddadi, Dani Carvajal, Alvaro Morata, Alberto Moreno and Paco Alcacer; the list goes on, the players mentioned above are all under the age of 25.
Although Spain have struggled for form as of late, they still have the potential to be successful on the big stage again. La Roja have a remarkable squad and if they can rediscover their old form they could once again be a pleasure to watch.
Spain fans: Do you believe Spain can rediscover their best form and endure success again? Let us know in the comments box below.
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