By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: June 13th, 2014 at 5:22 pm EST
Four years ago, the Netherlands lost to Spain to win the World Cup. Today, the Netherlands used a strong second half to defend its loss.
While this win does not soften its loss in the World Cup Final in 2010, the 5-1 win was a bit of revenge.
Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben scored twice, while defender Stefan de Vrij scored his first International goal for the Dutch. Spain has won three straight major tournaments coming into this year’s World Cup.
This is the second straight World Cup that Spain lost its Opening match. In 2010, they lost 1-0 to Switzerland at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa.
This is also the worst lost for Spain in a World Cup game since 1950. That year, Brazil beat Spain 6-1 when Brazil hosted the World Cup, like they are this year.