The Netherlands stunned defending champions Spain, winning the rematch of the 2010 final 5-1. Even though Spain suffered a 1-0 loss to the Swiss at the start of the last World Cup, a loss this crushing simply wasn't supposed to happen. Expectations were low for the Dutch following a miserable Euro 2012 and a refresh of their squad with domestic league talent to support their remaining international stars from years past. Spain, meanwhile, suddenly looked like a shell of their once dominant selves after suffering their worst loss since 1950.
Man of the Match
Robin van Persie's first goal to begin the Netherlands' assault after Spain took a 1-0 lead will be remembered as one of the goals of the tournament. (See it here.)
The pass was a miracle, the goal was a miracle, and the fact that Van Persie didn't explode into shards was the greatest miracle of all.— Brian Phillips (@runofplay) June 13, 2014
The Dutch are now sitting pretty atop the group with a massive goal difference advantage, while Spain will sit in a dark room until their next match against Chile, who are probably now feeling very inspired.