1 vs. 5
ESP
NED
21:51
And that is the final whistle. We have our first 'I was there' moment at the World Cup. Spain aren't out yet, but how do they possibly recover from this? They were ripped to pieces by a side that ought to be inferior to them in almost every department. Van Persie and Robben were sensational, and the Champions' defence simply couldn't get near them all evening. I think I need a lie down. Thanks for reading.
90'
And it really should be six now. My god, this could have been even worse for Spain, if that is conceivable, but Sneijder slips just as he pulls the trigger on an open goal. And then Spain almost score at the other end! Torres is eventually denied by a fine tackle from Vlaar and Cillessen recovers. This is one of the most incredible games of all time.
89'
Holland want six. Their front three have been completely unstoppable all game and they are able to queue up, so easily can they escape the attention of their markers, to try their luck. Robben's dribble comes to an eventual halt, and Sneijder's effort from range is blocked too. Spain look like they would give their eyes to hear the final whistle.
88'
Call me a knee-jerker, but this one seems more significant.

it's okay guys Spain lost their opener in 2010, too

84'
The game is continuing the same pattern - Spain getting frustrated, launching it forwards, then being scattered to the winds in the face of the Dutch counter-attack. Is this the death of Tiki-Taka? It's been a spectacularly brutal one if so.
81'
Well, the 2014 World Cup has it's first real moment of history. Even France didn't do this. The Champions are getting an absolute mauling at the hands of a much-unfancied Dutch team.
Netherlands Goal

Right Footed - Top Right

79'
 
GOAL! It's 5-1! Are we really seeing this? It's Robben again,an incredible run and counter-attack. He collects a long pass, darts between two defenders, cuts back inside, leaves Casillas in a heap on the floor, and just when it looks like he might have taken too long, he shrugs off another defender, then with three Spain players standing on the line to block, he absolutely leathers it into the roof of the net. Casillas is again a spectator, and Holland are absolutely rampant. This is sensational.
Netherlands Substitution
Spain Substitution
Netherlands Substitution
76'
A chance for Spain to reclaim some pride as Ramos goes for goal from a free-kick, but he blazes it wide.
74'
Vicente Del Bosque has a very big decision to make after this game - can he really keep faith with Iker Casillas? 'Saint Iker' is having a very public meltdown here - it's almost grim to watch. With David de Gea waiting in the wings, it could be the young goalie's time to stake his claim...
72'
 
GOAL! This is incredible! The holders aren't just losing, they're getting torn to pieces. It's 4-1, it's Van Persie again, and the Dutch fans are delirious with delight. It's a shocking mistake from Casillas, who is having a nightmare here - an awful touch while attempting to play out presents it to Van Persie, and he pounces before prodding it over the line. Spain have completely imploded here.
Netherlands Goal

Left Footed - Bottom Center

69'
Casillas makes a save! Sneider hammers in a low drive from distance but the Real Madrid man manages to get it away. That really would've been the end for Spain.
67'
And now Spain surely pull one back - no! Offside! This is breathless stuff. Cesar Azpilicueta has all the room in the world to find a cross - it's headed towards Cillessen, who keeps it out, but only parries it to the feet of Silva, who quickly stabs it home only to be denied by the offside flag. Spain's lifeline fails to materialise.
Netherlands Yellow card

Spain

Netherlands

Spain Yellow card

Spain

Netherlands

65'
 
GOAL! It's 3-1 to Holland! A free-kick from out wide on the left was taken by Sneijder, and almost drifted straight in, going right over Casillas and eventually being just about forced over by De Vrij at the back post. The holders are in serious trouble already.
Netherlands Goal

Left Footed - Bottom Center

64'
For now thought, Spain can't stem the flow of Dutch attacks. Their front three are sitting narrow and pushing high against their backline and it is causing mayhem. Robben tries to dink another pass to Van Persie on the right, but he doesn't get it quite right.
Spain Substitution
62'
 
There's only one man to turn to when you desperately need a goal, isn't there? Yes, it's Fernando Torres coming on, replacing Diego Costa, who had been pretty poor. Pedro also replaces Xabi Alonso.
Spain Substitution
Netherlands Substitution
60'
Van Persie hits the bar! A big reprieve for Spain. Poor defending saw Sneijder, Robben and Van Persie all get in space to attack the backline - it eventually fell to the United striker, positioned at an acute angle on the right, but he let fly, leathering in a trademark outside-of-the-boot volley which remarkably beat Casillas but crashed off the bar. That could've been curtains.
58'
Not only will Spain be up against it versus Chile if they lose here, but they'll also be facing the unwelcome prospect of Brazil in the last 16 should they finish second, and they won't be keen on that.
57'
Spain have had all of the ball since going behind, but Holland look a lot more comfortable at the moment. It's all going smoothly for Van Gaal.
55'
Something is badly amiss with Spain. They look a shadow of their usual selves, and if they lose here, then they'll have to find out what they're missing pretty sharpish.
Netherlands Goal

Left Footed - Bottom Center

52'
 
GOAL! Holland take the lead! Arjen Robben scores a fantastic goal. He's picked out by a marvellous pass and backs away from Sergio Ramos at the right time, but he's then inexplicably allowed to turn onto his left foot when clean through. He does so, then slides the ball just past the wrong side of Casillas, who is once again helpless. Spain are stunned.
50'
It's the Dutch who have started this half the stronger, however - Spain still look a little shaken from that goal, although bar a glimpse of goal for Van Persie, quickly snuffed out by Sergio Ramos, there's nothing clear materialising just yet.
48'
Well, after seeing them in action for a half, the verdict on this new Holland side is: yeah, not bad. Not great either, they certainly don't look like potential champions, but they're still very young. If they can get some big performances out of their veterans there's no reason why they can't go far.
46'
We're back underway here. No changes for either side at the interval.
20:52
He's not had the best of seasons, but that was truly a piece of brilliant from Van Persie. The early pace-setter for goal of the tournament. Holland will still do well to win this, but if their main striker can reprise his form of 2012/13, they'll be capable of beating anyone.
20:46
Peep! And that's it, it's half-time. That was a quite excellent half of football, although Spain should perhaps be out of sight with the number of chances they've had, even taking into account the controversy over Costa's penalty. Spain would've deserved their lead had they gone in at 1-0, but the Netherlands equalised with an utterly majestic header from Van Persie. A mouthwatering second half awaits.
44'
 
What a goal! Holland are level and it's a rudimentary goal finished with the utmost grace. A long ball finds Robin van Persie in the clear and he meets it with a remarkable diving header with the grace of Nijinsky, sending the ball sailing over Casillas and into the back of the net. You will not see a more elegant headed goal in your lifetime.
Netherlands Goal

Header - Top Right

44'
Spain celebrate Xabi Alonso's successfully converted penalty.
41'
Spain should be two goals ahead here. Iniesta finds David Silva's run with the pass of the year, an utterly sensational no-look ball as he was heading away from goal, timed and weighted to perfection. Silva's one-on-one, and he tries to dink the advancing Cillessen, but he gets a hand to it and it lands wide.
Netherlands Yellow card

Spain

Netherlands

38'
The game's cooling down somewhat, and it'd be something of a surprise if either team scored before half-time. They both look keen to regroup. Elsewhere, the focus has switched to Mark Lawerenson's somewhat negative commentary over on the BBC.

"Look at these morons. Get off the pitch. What's Hurst doing? Near post?! Awful goalkeeping. Awful." Mark Lawrenson, 1966

36'
Even at 1-0 down, Holland are forced to play on the counter. There doesn't seem to be the drive in this team from midfield. Louis van Gaal will be in familiar territory when he takes over at United.
34'
A wonderful touch from Sneijder keeps a Dutch attack alive, and he turns and plays it to Nigel de Jong outside the area, who shows some nice footwork to work the space for a shot from range. It's a decent effort, but it's not got the power to seriously trouble Casillas.
32'
The Netherlands look a bit clumsy in attack, like they're not all quite on the same wavelength. Arjen Robben has been utterly anonymous so far.
30'
There is not a consensus over whether that was a clear penalty, I should add. There was undoubtedly contact to bring Costa down, but he may have been looking for it. I'm not convinced.
28'
 
GOAL! And Alonso makes no mistake, placing it right in the bottom corner with ease. Spain have the lead, and the Netherlands are chasing the game already.
Spain Penalty

Right Footed - Bottom Left

26'
Penalty to Spain! Costa is put through again, again he delays his shot, but after cutting inside De Vrij, he's brought down by the defender's trailing leg. A clear decision, and it's Xabi Alonso to take it...
25'
A Dutch foray comes to nothing after Bruno Martins Indi's cross is touched back to an unsuspecting Sneijder, who fails to control it.
Netherlands Yellow card

Spain

Netherlands

23'
I may have been wrong when I said this wouldn't get too feisty - the tackles are fairly flying in already. There's a real speed and tenacity to this game, but it's also led to some pretty rash attacking so far.
21'
Spain in the ascendancy now - Iniesta has it inside the area by the byline, but he can't quite find the killer pass. After a decent start, Holland are in retreat already.
18'
There's danger whenever either of these sides get forward here. Spain should probably score - again, and it's Diego Costa - again. And there to deny him, with a remarkable last-ditch challenge, is Ron Vlaar - again. What a fascinating contest it is between those two. Shades of Paul McGrath...
15'
Sneijder is quite fortunate here to get away with an elbow on Sergio Busquets. The Barcelona man predictably goes to ground howling, but the referee merely issues a warning.
13'
Great defending from Ron Vlaar! Spain's pressing leads to them winning the ball high up the pitch and it's two on two - Xavi finds a pass to put Diego Costa through on goal, but Vlaar marshals him brilliantly to deny him room to get his shot away.
11'
It's Andres Iniesta's turn to go close now, the playmaker uncharacteristically deciding to welly one from distance, but it flies narrowly over the bar.
9'
That really was a huge chance for the Netherlands. It was feeble defending from Spain, too - they surely won't give up a chance like that again.
8'
Casillas to the rescue! Wesley Sneijder really ought to have done better there - shades of the 2010 final - as he hit it straight down the Real Madrid stopper's throat after being played in space.
5'
It's a somewhat cagey start here. Spain are seeing more of the ball as you'd expect, but they're in no particular rush to do much with it. Both teams simply feeling each other out in the opening minutes.
3'
Ron Vlaar, a man from *that* Aston Villa side, at the World Cup, dealing with Diego Costa. It's a slightly odd sight, but he deals well, if slightly agriculturally, with the threat as Spain launch some initial probes.
1'
And we're away. A huge early test for this new-look Netherlands side here.
19:58
Forget the vanishing spray or goal-line technology: the real technological revelation at this World Cup has been the folding-arms lineups on TV. A revelation.
19:53
Not long until kick-off now, as both teams prepare for this rematch. I suspect it'll be less feisty, and Spain will probably be even more heavy favourites than they were in 2010.
19:45
Do Spain have a fatal flaw? Well, maybe... Here's our take on the defending champs.
Tactical Blueprint: Spain's fatal flaw against Dutch?

Spain have a formidable squad - but what weakness could prove their downfall against Netherlands in their World Cup opener?

19:40
And now the views of United-bound Louis van Gaal: “I have excellent memories of my period in Spain, it was one of the best times of my career. Spanish football may well be the best football in the world at the moment, they have the tactics, the technique and the physical workrate to make them number one, and that’s what they are. We will have to play a compact game against them when they have possession, and that won’t be easy.”
19:35
Let’s briefly turn our attention to the opinion of the managers. First, Spain’s Vicente del Bosque: “We are not afraid of anyone or anything and are at our best. These players have been extraordinary and are not here for what they have done in the past. We have an Under-21 squad who have recently been European champions and we have renewed our squad.”
19:30
England’s Howard Webb was slated for missing Nigel de Jong’s stamp in the 2010 final despite dishing out a flurry of bookings (and a second yellow to John Heitinga). Hopefully today we’ll see some actual football rather than endless gamesmanship.
19:25
Both teams will be acutely aware that defeat tonight could spell an early end to their World Cup hopes given they are joined in Group B by the much-hyped Chile and the relatively handy Australia. Surely this fearsome foursome has as much claim to the ‘Group of Death’ tagline as those fellas in Group G (Germany, Ghana, Portugal and USA)?
19:20
Sneijder is out for revenge: "That [2010] final was really the low point of my career. I had to walk past the cup but could not hold it. It felt very sour. That will always be my rock bottom. We were so close to penalties and the game was still there, just three minutes before the end of extra time. It was a shame because we had beaten Brazil in the quarter-final, a night when we turned the whole game. I scored twice. Two goals, one with my head, and a 1-0 deficit turned into a place in the semi-finals. You just felt at one point that we were going to win. And then the final against Spain just went wrong..."
19:15
Just four men survive from the 2010 World Cup final for the Dutch, with Wesley Sneijder, Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and martial arts wannabe Nigel de Jong tasked with providing the necessary experience.
19:10
Major news from the Spain camp: Diego Costa starts. His task today is bettering his nine-minute stint from the Champions League final.
19:05
TEAMS – Spain: Casillas, Azpilicueta, Pique, Sergio Ramos, Alba, Busquets, Alonso, Xavi, Silva, Iniesta, Costa /// Netherlands: Cillessen, Janmaat, Vlaar, de Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, de Jong, de Guzman, Sneijder, Robben, van Persie.
19:00
Four years ago, the Netherlands kicked and scraped their way into extra time in the 2010 World Cup final before succumbing to a late goal from Spain’s Andres Iniesta. Will the Dutch attempt to play football in the Brazil rerun? We’re less than an hour from finding out. Welcome to LIVE Group B coverage of Spain v Netherlands from Salvador.

Starting Line-ups

Spain
Netherlands
    • 1
      Casillas
    • 18
      Alba
    • 15
      Ramos
    • 3
      Piqué
    • 22
      Azpilicueta
    • 14
      Alonso
    • 5
      Busquets
    • 18
      Iniesta
    • 8
      Xavi
    • 21
      Silva
    • 19
      Diego Costa
Team Manager:  Vicente del Bosque
    • van Persie
    • 11
      Robben
    • Sneijder
    • Janmaat
    • 8
      de Guzmán
    • 6
      de Jong
    • Blind
    • de Vrij
    • Vlaar
    • Martins Indi
    • Cillessen
Team Manager:  Guus Hiddink
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
I. CasillasDFP
0 5 5 2 0 0 1 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
G. PiquéDFP
0 0 0 3 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
J. AlbaDFP
0 0 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 90
S. RamosDFP
0 0 2 2 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 90
C. AzpilicuetaDFP
0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
XaviDFP
0 0 0 78 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 90
A. IniestaDFP
0 0 2 68 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 90
S. BusquetsDFP
0 0 0 73 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 90
D. SilvaDFP
0 0 1 46 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 78
X. AlonsoDFP
1 0 1 60 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 63
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Diego CostaDFP
0 0 1 20 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 62
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
J. CillessenDFP
0 3 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
R. VlaarDFP
0 0 0 3 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
Martins IndiDFP
0 0 0 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
S. de VrijDFP
1 0 2 7 2 0 3 0 1 0 0 77
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
N. de JongDFP
0 0 1 32 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
D. BlindDFP
0 2 0 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
D. JanmaatDFP
0 0 0 25 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 90
J. de GuzmánDFP
0 0 0 20 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 62
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
A. RobbenDFP
2 0 3 23 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 90
W. SneijderDFP
0 1 2 30 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
R. van PersieDFP
2 0 4 24 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 79
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