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Netherlands crush reigning champ Spain 5-1 in 2010 final rematch

June 13,2014

Final

Netherlands

(3-0) 5

Spain

(1-2) 1
@

Netherlands

(3-0)

Spain

(1-2)
@
Jun 13 3:00PM EST 3:00 PM EST
Final 1 2 Total
NED 1 4 5
ESP 1 0 1

Spain was supposed to run away with Group B. The Netherlands weren't supposed to be nearly as feared as in 2010, when the Dutch reached the final. Of course, things don't always go to script. 

The Netherlands scored five unanswered goals to shock defending World Cup champion Spain 5-1 in Salvador, delivering the most stunning result of the tournament's early games. Robin van Persie canceled out Xabi Alonso's penalty kick with a wondrous diving header and added a second goal off an Iker Casillas gaffe; Arjen Robben scored two of his own and defender Stefan de Vrij added one off a set piece as Louis van Gaal's side but La Furia Roja to the sword.

Spain now has to consider goal differential and be flawless in its final two group games against Chile and Australia, or else missing out on the knockout stage altogether -- let alone having a chance to repeat as champion -- may become a reality.

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Here's how the stunning result unfolded:

 

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