Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben score twice as Dutch stun world champions in Salvador
Three games in to this World Cup and already the champions have a weaker grip on their trophy. Spain lost the first game four years ago, too, but defeat by Switzerland back then cannot compare psychologically to the stunning events of Friday night.
Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque will ask himself quite how his team lost from a winning position. A goal up on the cusp of half-time, Spain were cruising.
What will have kept him awake, though, is the manner in which his team lose all semblance of discipline, confidence and organisation once they went behind.
For the final half an hour the world champions were an absolute shambles as Holland went on to exploit some surprising leaden-footedness in the Spain defence to score the goals that have threatened to turn this tournament on its head before it’s even properly got going.
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