Historic. Extraordinary. Breathtaking. Those are just a few of the words to describe the Netherlands' 5-1 win over defending World Cup champion Spain
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The Netherlands engineered a historic
World Cup rout with five unanswered goals to defeat defending World Cup champion Spain, 5-1, in a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final. The Oranje could have had many more goals in one of the most
remarkable second halves in World Cup history. The loss was the worst ever by a reigning World Cup champion. SOCCER AMERICA's free e-eletters: SIGN UP
Spain looked to be heading into the half with
the lead on a Diego Costa
penalty when Robin van Persie
scored on a flying header that lobbed Spanish keeper Iker Casillas
in the 44th minute. Left back Daley Blind
, whose pass found RvP, was at it again in the 53rd minute, finding
, whose impeccable control allowed him to elude two defenders and score to put the Oranje ahead.
Van Persie and Robben added second
goals while 22-year-old defender Stefan de Vrij
had the fifth as the Oranje punished Spain, which collapsed in the second half. Group B June 13 in Salvador
Netherlands 5 Spain 1.
Goals: van Persie 44, 72, Robben 53, 80, de Vrij 64; Xabi Alonso pen. 27.
Casillas; Azpilicueta, Sergio Ramos, Pique, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Xabi Alonso (Pedro 62), Xavi; Silva,
Iniesta, Costa (Fernando Torres 62). Netherlands --
Cillessen, Vlaar, de Vrij (Veltman 77), Martins Indi, Blind, de Jong, Janmaat, de Guzman (Wijnaldum,
62), Van Persie, Sneijder, Robben.
Netherlands -- de Guzman 25, de Vrij 41, van Persie 66.
Nicola Rizzoli (Italy). Group B Standings: PTS TEAM
3 Netherlands 1-0-0 5/1
3 Chile 1-0-0 3/1
0 Australia 0-0-1 1/3
0 Spain 0-0-1 1/5
Australia got a goal from Tim Cahill on a header, and
the New York Red Bulls star came close on several other occasions, but the Socceroos couldn't recover from a 2-0 deficit after 14 minutes and fell to Chile, 3-1.
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Chile 3 Australia 1. Goals: Sanchez 12, Valdivia 14, Beausejour 90+2; Cahill 35.
Chile -- Bravo, Isla, Medel, Jara, Mena, Diaz, Vidal (Gutierrez, 60), Aranguiz, Valdivia (Beausejour, 68), Sanchez, Vargas (Pinilla, 84).
Australia -- Ryan,
Davidson, Spiranovic, Wilkinson, Franjic (McGowan, 49), Milligan, Jedinak, Leckie, Bresciano (Troisi, 81), Oar (Halloran, 69), Cahill.
Yellow Cards: Chile -- Aranguiz 85; Australia --
Cahill 43, Jedinak, Milligan 67.
Referee: Noumandiez Doue (Ivory Coast).
Mexico put all the drama the last year when it went through four coaches in five games to qualify for the
World Cup behind it with a deserved 1-0 win over Cameroon in Friday's Group A match played in a heavy downpour in Natal.
El Tri's Giovani dos Santos
had two seemingly legitimate goals disallowed by Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan in the first half, and Oribe
Peralta was stopped at point-blank range by Indomitable Lions keeper Charles Itandje earlier in the second half before Peralta scored on a rebound in the
62nd minute after Itandje had stoned dos Santos.
Dos Santos, midfielder Hector Herrera, who started the play that led to the goal with a ball to
Gio into space, and even Rafael Marquez were all excellent for El Tri.
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Ochoa had to make one diving save early in stoppage time, but otherwise Cameroon, considered the weakest of the four West African teams at the World Cup, was very disappointing.
June 13 in Natal
Mexico 1 Cameroon 0. Goal: Peralta
Mexico -- Ochoa, Rodriguez, Marquez, Layun, Moreno, Guardado (Fabian 69), Aguilar, Vazquez, Herrera (Salcido,
90+2), dos Santos, Peralta (Hernandez, 74).
Cameroon -- Itandje, Assou-Ekotto, Nkoulou, Djeugoue (Nounkeu 46),
Song (Webo, 78), Moukandjo, Eto'o, Choupo Moting, Chedjou, Mbia, Enoh.
Yellow Card: Mexico -- Moreno 56.
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (Colombia).
TV: ESPN2, Univision/UDN, noon. ET.
Group A Standings:
PTS TEAM W-T-L GF/GA
3 Brazil 1-0-0
3 Mexico 1-0-0 0/0
0 Cameroon 0-0-1 0/1
0 Croatia 0-0-1 1/3
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Injury Report ...
SUAREZ OUT. Uruguay star Luis Suarez will sit over the Celeste's opener against Costa Rica on Saturday. Coach Oscar Tabarez named a provisional starting lineup at Friday that included Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan up front.
MODRIC DOUBTFUL. Croatian playmaker Luka Modric injured his foot in the 3-1 loss to Brazil and is doubtful for
its match Wednesday against Cameroon. He was taken to a hospital in Salvador, near Croatia's training base, to be examined.