Netherlands crush Spain in 5-1 victory


Dutch1[] – Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben scored twice as the Netherlands avenged their 2010 World Cup final defeat to Spain with a record 5-1 drubbing of the defending champions on Friday.

Van Persie pounced in each half as the Dutch recovered from a controversial Xabi Alonso penalty to inflict a crushing defeat on the reigning kings of world and European football.

Stefan De Vrij got the Netherlands’ other goal as Spain slumped to the heaviest defeat ever inflicted at a World Cup on the reigning champions.

It was Spain’s worst defeat in more than half a century, coming 51 years after a 6-2 defeat to Scotland in 1963.Dutch3

Thousands of Guyanese fans gathered at various bars throughout the country to watch the game on giant screens were left stunned into silence by the rout.

The extraordinary Group B drama in the northern Brazilian coastal city of Salvador has potentially turned the World Cup permutations on their head.

If Spain fail to recover the form which saw them win back-to-back European titles either side of their 2010 World Cup triumph, they could conceivably crash out in the first round, or face a daunting clash with Brazil in the last 16.



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