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Van Persie reflects on 'dream come true'

Published: Saturday 14 June 2014, 9.14CET
Robin van Persie said the Netherlands' 5-1 victory over holders Spain in Salvador was all down to Louis van Gaal as the Oranje reflected on a "dream come true".

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Spain
Netherlands

1

Goals scored

5

8

Total attempts

12

3

Attempts on target

11

3

off target

1

2

blocked

6

0

against woodwork

1

4

Corners

1

5

Offsides

5

1

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

4

Fouls committed

16

12

Fouls suffered

3

Standings

Last updated: 14/06/2014 01:57 CET

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Published: Saturday 14 June 2014, 9.14CET

Van Persie reflects on 'dream come true'

Robin van Persie said the Netherlands' 5-1 victory over holders Spain in Salvador was all down to Louis van Gaal as the Oranje reflected on a "dream come true".

Netherlands forward Robin van Persie paid tribute to Louis van Gaal for masterminding the team's crushing 5-1 victory over reigning world and European champions Spain.

Van Persie scored two goals in Salvador, the first a majestic header that ensured the teams went into half-time all square, but he insists the triumph was all down to Van Gaal. "This is definitely down to him," said the 30-year-old. "If you see how he prepared us, and how he predicted the game would go, and you see how it went – unbelievable. For the whole Netherlands, this is a dream come true.''

Indeed, as the result was announced at the Arena Fonte Nova, Oranje supporters around the world were pinching themselves – the majority of the stadium, the hundreds on Copacabana beach, the thousands crammed into Eindhoven's PSV Stadion, where there was a public screening. After Van Persie had cancelled out Xabi Alonso's penalty, goals from Arjen Robben and Stefan de Vrij made it 3-1. Further goals from Van Persie and Robben completed Spain's embarrassment.

This was the worst defeat a defending champion had ever suffered at the World Cup and it was the first time Spain had conceded five at the tournament since they were last in Brazil, 64 years ago. The Netherlands had given them a taste of their own medicine, gaining some vengeance for their 2010 World Cup final loss with what the Spanish call a manita (a little hand), a goal for each finger. By the end their passing was made to the sound track of 'Olés'.

"Often you go quiet after two or three goals but we went on, and on, and on," Van Persie added. They sure did. Van Gaal was predictably delighted, but cautioned that it will mean nothing if the Netherlands do not build on it. "We don't have anything yet," the 62-year-old said. "We've made a pretty start. If you beat Australia [on Wednesday], then you've made a good start.''

Spain's next opponents are Chile, who opened their Group B account by beating Australia 3-1. Lose and Vicente del Bosque's side could be out, though the Roja can take heart from the fact that they also lost their opening 2010 World Cup fixture – and that tournament did not end badly for them.

Last updated: 14/06/14 9.29CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

Netherlands

Netherlands

1Iker Casillas (GK) (C)
Yellow Card65
1Jasper Cillessen (GK)
3Gerard Piqué2Ron Vlaar
6Andrés Iniesta3Stefan de Vrij
Yellow Card41
Goal64
Substitution77
8Xavi Hernández4Bruno Martins Indi
14Xabi Alonso
Goal27
Substitution63
5Daley Blind
15Sergio Ramos6Nigel de Jong
16Sergio Busquets7Daryl Janmaat
18Jordi Alba8Jonathan De Guzmán
Yellow Card25
Substitution62
19Diego Costa
Substitution63
9Robin van Persie (C)
Goal44
Yellow Card66
Goal72
Substitution79
21David Silva
Substitution78
10Wesley Sneijder
22César Azpilicueta11Arjen Robben
Goal53
Goal80

Substitutes

23Pepe Reina (GK)23Tim Krul (GK)
12David de Gea (GK)22Michel Vorm (GK)
2Raúl Albiol12Paul Verhaegh
4Javi Martínez13Joël Veltman
Substitution77
5Juanfran14Terence Kongolo
7David Villa15Dirk Kuyt
9Fernando Torres
Substitution63
16Jordy Clasie
10Cesc Fàbregas
Substitution78
17Jeremain Lens
Substitution79
11Pedro Rodríguez
Substitution63
18Leroy Fer
13Juan Mata19Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
17Koke20Georginio Wijnaldum
Substitution62
20Santi Cazorla21Memphis Depay

Coach

Vicente del Bosque (ESP) Louis van Gaal (NED)

Referee

Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Assistant referees

Renato Faverani (ITA), Andrea Stefani (ITA)

Fourth official

Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

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