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Goal Singapore in conjunction with BRAND'S® Essence of Chicken brings you the best worked goal at the World Cup from the first round of Group matches.

The moment the World Cup draw was made, it was clear which match fans would be waiting to catch. 2010 World Cup finalists Netherlands and Spain both were scheduled to face each other in the opening days of the 2014 competition with the Dutch certain to be eager to avenge their loss from four years ago. The match did not disappoint the neutrals but it sure surprised many, especially the Spanish who were left shell-shocked.

An early penalty goal from Xabi Alonso was wiped out by the Dutch who went on to a rampaging 5-1 win to send a strong signal of their intent and might. But it was Robin Van Persie's stylish second goal that took the headlines.



While the Manchester United forward's technique was brilliant, the intricately worked play leading up to the goal played a huge part in splitting the Spanish defence. Bruno Martins' throw-in was quickly knocked on to Daley Blind who sidestepped his marker to create enough space to send in a perfectly measured cross to Van Persie who was still making his run in from deep.

The Dutch forward's timing was impeccable, as he beat the Spaniards' offside trap to race into position in time to connect with Blind's deep cross with a splendid diving header. The effort was so well-placed, Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas could do little but stand and watch the ball sail over him and nestle in the back of the back.

The World Cup is where legends are forged and players become immortalised for their efforts, and even if Netherlands fail to win this year's tournament, the goal will go down as one of the competition's greatest ever.


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