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The Real Madrid legend has hailed Louis van Gaal's side as the best European nation at the World Cup, with the Dutch having swept aside his native Spain 5-1 in the group stages

Raul believes the Netherlands have been Europe’s top performers at the World Cup, and picked out Arjen Robben as a "highlight of the tournament".

The Dutch have a 100% record in their four games at the tournament so far, leading the scoring charts with 12 goals, and Raul sees Louis Van Gaal’s side as Europe’s best hope in Brazil.

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“The Netherlands, France, Germany and Belgium have made the (quarter-final) cut, and it's fair to say that the Dutch have been the most impressive European teams in Brazil,” said Raul, speaking in his Times of India column.

“Barring the controversy over the winning goal against Mexico that came from a penalty, the Dutch have had a relatively smooth campaign.

“Van Persie has scored goals but Robben has been a standout performer. Three goals, that pace, ball control and the ability to change the course of a game, along with the admission that he dives has been a highlight of the tournament.”

However, the Spaniard believes the Netherlands’ quarter final opponents, Costa Rica, can prove more than just a tricky tie.

He added: “In Costa Rica, they can expect stiff resistance. There are concerns in defence as well as in midfield in the absence of [Nigel] De Jong.

“Mexico challenged them (Netherlands) by playing an open game and for a long period, they were under pressure. The Netherlands and Colombia are the only teams to have done it four times in 90 minutes so far."

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