A little less than four years ago, Holland saw, before Spain, the dream of its first world title to escape. The vice-world champions knew how to wait, knew how to chew the defeat in the 2010 final to, this Friday, at the Fonte Nova Arena, in Salvador, destroy their former tormentor with a 5 to 1 victory, at the turn, at the start of Group B of the World Cup. It is not a title, it does not win a cup, but it is a historic victory – one of those games that enter the imagination of a country.
The game could not have been more emblematic. Robben, villain in 2010, scored two goals. Van Persie, so discreet four years ago, made two more. And Casillas, the hero of Soccer City, failed badly – on one shot, with a possible lack of De Vrij, and on the penultimate, when he delivered the ball to Van Persie’s feet. Diego Costa, very booed, very cursed, dug the penalty that netted Spain’s goal, scored by Xabi Alonso.
The crowd was very favorable to the Netherlands, as it had happened with the opponents of Spain in the Confederations Cup. Even Olé shouted – increasing the moral slaughter. And it helped to put the situation of the world champions at risk.
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