Zee Media Bureau
Salvador: Leading the defending champions in their opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Iker Casillas conceded five goals allowing the Netherlands to avenge the 2010 final defeat.
In the process, Spanish goalkeeper also compromised his bid to surpass Italian goalkeeper Walter Zenga`s unbeaten World Cup record.
The 33-year-old needed to keep a clean sheet for at least 45 minutes, a regulation first half in Salvador to beat Zenga`s 517-minute unbeaten run during the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.
But Holland captain, Robin van Persie scored in the 44th minute to equalise Xabi Alonso`s earlier penalty, ending Casillas bid by 40 minutes. Casillas had not conceded a World Cup goal since Rodrigo Millar scored in the 47th minute of Spain`s final group game 2-1 win over Chile in South Africa.
We're building him (RvP) up now because of the World Cup. It’s a pity but we have to or he’ll never be fit.
Louis van Gaal