Defending Champions Spain were inflicted with so much pain in their group opener against Netherlands on Friday night as Coach Vicente Bosque’s side were drubbed 5-1 by the rampaging Dutch side.
The defeat for Spain is the biggest in a competitive match for over 41 years as the Spaniards last lost by that heavy margin in 1963 when Scotland beat them 4-2.
Nothing initially suggested that Spain would get a bashing in Friday’s game as they shot to the lead in the 27th minute after being awarded a soft penalty kick that was converted by Xabi Alonso.
The goal turned out to be the only thing the World Cup holders got right as they start out to defend the title won four years ago in South Africa.
Robin van Persie start the revival for the Dutch as his spectacular diving header restored parity before the first half ended.
The Dutch players returned to the pitch full of confidence after the interval, and they were ahead in the 53rd minute when Arjen Robben collected the ball with two defenders to beat inside the box before cutting inside and firing past Casillas.
Van Gaal didn’t have to wait much longer to see his side score a third in the 64th minute through De Vrij.
Spain’s chance of a comeback were further dashed when Van Persie took advantage of some sloppy play from Casillas to dispossess the goalkeeper inside the box before tapping the ball into an empty net to make it 4-1.
The remarkable victory was completed in the 80th minute when Robben eased past a number of Spanish defenders, before dodging Casillas and firing home his side’s fifth to get their campaign off to the perfect start.
With the huge win, the Dutch are top of Group B and would fancy their chances of beating Australia in their next match as they target a place in the second round.