A riveting Day 2 of the World Cup has come to a close. Here's what transpired:
ORANJE CRUSH SPAIN
The Netherlands waited four years to inflict pain on Spain as a measure of revenge for the 2010 World Cup final but managed to do just that, scoring five unanswered goals on the defending champion in Salvador and running out to an early lead in Group B. Spain forward Diego Costa, starting on his native soil after overcoming a hamstring tear, drew a penalty that Xabi Alonso converted, but it was all Netherlands after that. Robin van Persie put home Daley Blind's perfect long cross with a highlight-reel header to get the Dutch on the board just before halftime, and Louis van Gaal's side rolled from there. Read Liviu Bird's Three Thoughts on the match.
MEXICO OVERCOMES CALLS
Twice Giovani dos Santos thought he had scored. Twice the assistant referee's flag went up. Twice replays showed that dos Santos, had, indeed, scored. No matter. Oribe Peralta pounced on a rebound of a dos Santos saved shot in the 61st minute, and Mexico prevailed 1-0 over Cameroon under rainy conditions in Natal. El Tri is level with Brazil on points atop Group A, and the two sides meet in Fortaleza for their next game in a major June 17 matchup. Grant Wahl shares his thoughts on El Tri's showing here.
CHILE HOLDS OFF CAHILL'S AUSSIES
Chile scored twice in a two-minute span early in the first half of its Group B clash with Australia, and it sure looked like the rout was on. But New York Red Bulls star Tim Cahill's goal off a trademark leaping header brought the Socceroos life, and he had a would-be equalizer (rightfully) disallowed for offside in the second half. Chile prevailed 3-1, with Jean Beausejour's stoppage-time strike from long range icing it, but Australia, Group B's massive underdog, showed plenty of fight under trying circumstances in Cuiaba.
Van Persie's dolphin-esque diving header brings the Netherlands level with Spain before the flood gates opened:
Diving -- not to mention officiating as a whole -- has been the talk of the competition after Fred's penalty-winning antics in Brazil's win over Croatia. But RVP's was a dive of a different sort:
Another goal won by a dive. This one though was terrific and what a header at the end of it #RVP— Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) June 13, 2014
WHAT'S ON DECK (all times ET)
- Colombia begins life without Radamel Falcao when playing against Greece in the opening game of Group C (12 p.m., ABC).
- Uruguay, without the recovering Luis Suarez in its starting lineup, takes on Costa Rica in Group D's first match (3 p.m., ABC).
- Past World Cup champions and European foes collide, as England and Italy meet in the day's headlining game (6 p.m., ESPN).
- Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba and the Ivory Coast take on Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa and Japan to round out Group C's first matches (9 p.m., ESPN).