2014 FIFA World Cup: Spain vs Netherlands - As it happened
Zee Media Bureau/Jayanta Oinam
Scorers: Alonso for Spain. van Persie (2), Robben (2), de Vrij for Netherlands
In the second-half, Holland found the target seven times out of 10 attempt, while Spain could managed only three with two hitting the target. That pretty much summed up the plight of the defending Champions against a ruthless side under van Gaal.
90+4' - It's final whistle. This has been the worst defeat for a defending champions in the subsequent tournament. The final scoreline reads: Spain 1 - 5 Netherlands
89' - Four minutes added for the injury time. But in between, Sneidjer missed a clear shot then Torres, on the counter, missed his own in front of an open goal. Some sight, as legions of Dutch fans swarmed their rival fans.
88' - After a prolong possession, Holland won a free-kick on the right flank as Iniesta, very unlikely, tripped de Jong. A moment earlier, Robben was by himself... running towards the open Spanish half.
85' - It's all over for Spain. A tireless Sneidjer allowed his team-mates to unleash once again. In the resultant play, Casillas was forced to produce two superb saves, including a left footed volley from Robben. It was travelling.
82' - Last time Spain conceded five goals was also in Brazil, against Brazil in the 1950 World Cup.
80' - Spain 1 - 5 Netherlands
Absolute hammering. Robben scored Holland's fifth to complete Spanish inquisition in Brazil. Spanish defense was spoiled and then Casillas was left stranded as the ball drops inside the goal.
79' - Spain SUB. David Silva out. Cesc Fabregas in. Dutch SUB. Robin van Persie out. Jermain Lens in.
76' - Dutch SUB. Stefan de Vrij out. Joel Veltman in.
74' - It's Oranje party in Brazil. But Spain just won a free-kick outside the Dutch box. Ramos' attempt from the distance saw the ball curling away off the target.
72' - Spain 1 - 4 Netherlands
Spain are humbled. Casillas was dispossessed by his opposing number. And Spain are left crying in the rain. Second goal for the Dutch skipper.
70' - Spain 1 - 3 Netherlands
A little period of build-up and regrouping for the World Champions as Dutch hit them hard in the second half.
69' - Casillas got a Yellow Card for complaining to the ref. Then the Real Madrid skipper produced a save to deny Holland a fourth goal.
67' - Silva's goal ruled off-side, and rightly so. The Man City player was waiting in front of the Dutch goal. A moment earlier, RVP got a yellow card for a foul.
64' - Spain 1 - 3 Netherlands
First international GOAL for Stefan de Vrij. The 22-year-old got the last touch from a free-kick delivery from Sneijder.
61' - First SUB. Wijnaldum on for de Guzman, while for Spain, it's Torres for Costa and Pedro for Alonso.
59' - Spain 1 - 2 Netherlands
So close to a third for Holland. RVP's attempt hit the woodwork. The captain was beautifully set-up by Robben from the centre.
54' - Spain 1 - 2 Netherlands
After the set-back, Spain continue to push hard for their own equalizer.
52' - Arjen Robben masterclass helped Holland lead. In a space of eight minutes, from either side of the break, Holland scored two goals. It was an immaculate touch, then a superb turn by Robben to fool Pique, which allow the Bayern player to take a straight shot into the goal. Casillas, he was helpless. Beaten twice today.
50' - Dutch players won the ball and engaged themselves in a little passing around as the raindrops continue to pound the field.
49' - Iniesta attempted a long ranger, but his drive was slowed down by a timely tackled from De Guzman. And it slowly reached the goalmouth, for Cillessen to collect cleanly.
47' - Azpilicueta combined with his team-mates after a throw-in, but their attack from the right flank soon shifted towards the left.
46' - Holland have never lost any of their World Cup opening match. And they are quickly into the attack.
Players out for the second-half and it's raining.
HALF TIME In the first-half, Spain enjoyed the possession - close to 70% and have had foru attempts, to Holland's three. And deservedly took the lead to a contentious penalty, converted by Xabi Alonso. But the flying Dutchman in RVP made it 1-1 just minutes before the break, as he dove high to flick a header over Casillas from some 16 yards. Superb delivery from Daley Blind to set up the goal, against the run of the play. Best part of this World Cup, so far.
Then the celebratory run towards his coach, it sure, reminds of Marco Tardelli's 1982 run.
45+2' - And it was all for the first half.
44' - A superb GOALfrom Robin van Persie makes the scoreline 1-1. Against the run of the play, the Man Utd player dive to head pass an awestruck Casillas.
41' - A little run from Pique, which allowed Spain to build yet another move. Iniesta released Silva but, Man City player's chip failed to hit the target. A sure goal missed.
40' - Second yellow card of the match and the second one for Holland. This time, De Vrij got himself one after body-blocking Silva in the run.
39' - With some 5 minutes into the half, RVP got himself judged off-side again.
37' - Another free-kick for Spain as De Guzman' stood clipped Xavi, inside the Dutch half.
35' - van Persie off-side and his left footed volley to failed to hit the target.
33' - A good spell for Holland as a flurry of attempts pushed the Spain defense deep. In once such movement, de Jong's long ranger was thwarted by Casillas.
32' - RVP missed a chance as his lunge failed to reach to Blind's cross.
30' - Dutch attack building from both the flanks. But the story so far has been all about Spain and their patience.
28' - After the restart, Spain settled for a quite period.
26' - Another harsh decision. But Alonso converted from the despite Cillessen diving in the right decision.
25' - Its quarter of an hour. And a PENALTY for Spain. Brazil's Costa won it for Spain.
24' - De Guzman EARNED a Yellow Card, first of the match.
23' - It's all Spanish armada. But Netherlands won a throw-in, from which they push back for the goalie to start again.
21' - First corner of the match, won by Spain thanks to a Silva-Iniesta interplay in the Holland box. From the resulting kick, Ramos missed a clear header.
19' - Holland survived another tricky chance as Costa's attempt was blocked by the goalie. But the following a poor clearance, Spain continued to attack.
18' - Robben's first clear run down the left flank. But his attempt to outpace Azpilicueta and Ramos ended up with his boots loosen up.
16' - Robin van Persie got a foul call from the ref, while trying to find space in the Spain D, from a set piece.
15' - Wesley Sneijder got a warning from the ref. as he tried to muscle out his Spanish opponent in the Spanish half.
14' - Jordi Alba did tried to run from the left but the Alonso's delivery was too pacey for the Barca defender to chase.
12' - Costa missed a golden chance. His left-footed was blocked by a sliding Vlaar in front of the goal.
11' - Spain continue to press high, but a through pass failed to find Costa -- who was blocked by a Dutch defender.
9' - Spain gained their lost ground with Iniesta attempting a long ranger.
8' - A tense moment for Casillas again as he blocked Sneidjer shot. Oranje front-line have wrested the initiative from the champions after some bearing in the initial minutes.
6' - Casillas got the feel of the ball for the first time in the match, as Sergio Ramos played a pass.
5' - That's what Spain do best. Rolling the ball in the park, as if their is no opponents. Won a free-kick but failed to materialize.
4' - First Costa release, but Cillessen got to the ball first. No harm done.
3' - As expected, the majority of the players are congregated in the centre. And Spain won a throw-in.
2' - Holland got their first touch but it was one short-lived experience in the centre as Alonso managed to win the ball back for Spain.
1' - Spain got the first free-kick, restarted from the centre and then a quite return, back to their back-line.
Spain will start from the centre.
The main battle will be fought, once again, in the mid-field where the talents of Xavi and Sneijder will vie for prominence. Besides these two, look out for run-ins at the flanks with Silva and Robben trying to cancel each other's run and also those of Costa and RVP finishings.
At first glimpse, Vicente del Bosque's XI sure looks a formidable one with lots of experience, oozing confidence and class. But Louis van Gaal's side is one for the future. A mouth watering clash beckons.
One fact that emerges a little while ago is that Spain have never lost in their all whites in ten years. For Oranje, it's their historic colour today.
Twenty minutes to the kick-off!
42-year-old Italian, Nicola Rizzoli will officiate the match. Last time these two teams met at the 2010 World Cup final in Johannesburg's Soccer City, Howard Webb did his best to control the tension but unluckily witnessed some 14 yellow cards, including a second one for Nigel de Jong.
Playing XI are out for today's huge match.
SPAIN: Casillas, Pique, Iniesta, Xavi, Alonso, Sergio Ramos, Busquets, Alba, Costa, Silva, Azpilicueta
SUBS: De Gea, Albiol, Javi Martinez, Juanfran, Villa, Torres, Fabregas, Pedro, Mata, Koke, Cazorla, Reina.
Netherlands: Cillessen, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, De Jong, Janmaat, De Guzman, Van Persie, Sneidjer, Robben
SUBS: Vorm, Verhaegh, Veltman, Kongolo, Kuyt, Clasie, Lens, Fer, Huntelaar, Wijnaldum, Depay, Krul
It is the mother of all rematches. The Group B opener of the 2014 FIFA World Cup between Spain and the Netherlands is the replay of the 2010 Final, wherein a late Andres Iniesta goal sealed the title for the Basque nation.
It`s difficult to choose a clear winner on that night, even though Vincete del Bosque`s men seemed to have controlled the midfield duel, where almost all the bouts are won. But Oranje`s final defeat in South Africa was more of their own undoing, as they hurried on things, playing too many tackles.
However, the clash in Salvador will witness altogether two different teams – one with an ageing but still a hungry side, taking on the youthful and fearless side assembled by the newly Manchester United`s anointed boss, Louis van Gaal.
Both the teams are starting the tournament as favourites and any slip-up may well prove detrimental in their campaign. So, the clash in Arena Fonte Nova is of prime importance.
Despite the arrival of new players, both the sides will still rely on their respective old war horses. Spain will rely on the brilliance of Xavi, Iniesta, Ramos, Xabi and of course, Diego Costa who recently switched nationalities to play in the World Cup. For Dutch, Robben, Sneijder, van Persie and of course de Jong.
Head-to-head, they have played each other 10 times, with Spain winning five while Netherlands victorious on four occasions. The winner of today`s fixture can be assure of a spot in the Round of 16 as other two remaining teams in the group are Australia and Chile, the so-called minnows.