Spain rematch the 'most beautiful' way to start World Cup - Sneijder

Netherlands were beaten in extra time by La Roja when they met in the 2010 final but the Galatasaray star believes that they have moved on and are capable of winning on Friday
Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder believes that a rematch with Spain is the perfect way for his side to kick off World Cup 2014.

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La Roja won in extra time through an Andres Iniesta goal when the two teams met in the final of the 2010 tournament, denying Oranje a first ever world trophy, but the Galatasaray star says that the squad are over that disappointment.

"That's football. We are starting against the team we lost the final to four years ago but we're no longer thinking about that," Sneijder told reporters.

"To me there is no more beautiful place to start than this game.

"We know well the two teams and there is not going to be much of a surprise. I think it will be a great game. We have weapons to hurt and need to know how to take advantage of a very strong opponent."

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Dutch team-mate Arjen Robben was guilty of missing a huge chance at Soccer City that day when the Bayern Munich winger failed to beat Iker Casillas after Sneijder's pass but he insists that he has moved on.

"That was a moment, just a snapshot in my life," Robben declared. "It’s a part of me, a part of my career and it will be with me all my life but it is a past tense.

"We are focusing on [Friday's] match so it doesn’t count anymore."