Robin van Persie's diving header starts the Dutch rout

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With his equalizer against defending champions Spain, the Flying Dutchman notched an early candidate for goal of the tournament.

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Netherlands' Robin van Persie scores a goal during the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and the Netherlands at the Arena Ponte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Friday, June 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Netherlands' Robin van Persie scores a goal during the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and the Netherlands at the Arena Ponte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Friday, June 13, 2014
Netherlands' Robin van Persie scores a goal during the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and the Netherlands at the Arena Ponte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Friday, June 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands heads to score against Spain during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands heads to score against Spain during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands heads to score against Spain during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands scores the equalising goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Ryan Pierse - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
World Cup group stage - Spain vs. Netherlands
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands scores the equalising goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Ryan Pierse - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands celebrates scoring past Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands celebrates scoring past Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands celebrates scoring past Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
(Ian Walton/Getty Images)
The Flying Dutchman
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Spain's Sergio Ramos (R) reacts as Robin van Persie of the Netherlands scores during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Spain's Ramos reacts as van Persie of the Netherlands scores during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador
Spain's Sergio Ramos (R) reacts as Robin van Persie of the Netherlands scores during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands (bottom) heads to score past Spain's Iker Casillas during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands heads to score past Spain's Casillas during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands (bottom) heads to score past Spain's Iker Casillas during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
Netherlands' Robin van Persie celebrates with bench teammates during the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and the Netherlands at the Arena Ponte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Friday, June 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Netherlands' Robin van Persie celebrates with bench teammates during the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and the Netherlands at the Arena Ponte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Friday, June 13, 2014
Netherlands' Robin van Persie celebrates with bench teammates during the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and the Netherlands at the Arena Ponte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Friday, June 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands lines up the ball prior to scoring his teams first goal with a header in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Ian Walton/Getty Images)
The Flying Dutchman
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands lines up the ball prior to scoring his teams first goal with a header in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Iker Casillas of Spain watches as a header from Robin van Persie of the Netherlands goes over his head for a goal in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
The Flying Dutchman
Iker Casillas of Spain watches as a header from Robin van Persie of the Netherlands goes over his head for a goal in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Ryan Pierse - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
The Flying Dutchman
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Ryan Pierse - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands celebrates his teams first goal as Iker Casillas of Spain looks on in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
The Flying Dutchman
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands celebrates his teams first goal as Iker Casillas of Spain looks on in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands celebrates his teams first goal in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
The Flying Dutchman
Robin van Persie of the Netherlands celebrates his teams first goal in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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