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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