In June 2010 Spain lost their opening World Cup clash in South Africa. In 2014 the outcome was the same but the result was significantly different to the tight 1-0 win that Switzerland enginereed four years ago.
It seemed like normal service for La Roja was going to be resumed when the pre-match 4/5 favourites took the lead half way through the first period courtesy of a Xabi Alonso penalty after referee Nicola Rizzoli adjudged that Diego Costa was fouled in the area.
The second half seemed to be drawing to close with the Spanish well on top, David Silva missing a great chance to extend their advantage just before the break, but then things changed.
A fantastic long-range pass from Ajax's Daley Blind saw Robin van Persie race clear of the Spain defence before executing a perfect diving header to guide the ball over Iker Casillas on the stroke of half-time.
A breathtaking 45 minutes followed as Van Gaal's side set about extending their advantage and Spain simply had no answer to the incisive Dutch attacks. Arjen Robben made it 2-1 before Stefan de Vrij added a third and Van Persie grabbed a second.
Robben then took the ball around Casillas to leave the Real Madrid goalkeeper stranded before slotting home to complete the 5-1 rout.
Paddy Power confirmed that the scoreline was priced at 500/1 before the game kicked off, with 10 lucky punters profiting from the astronomical price.
Van Persie has been cut to 9/1 (10.0) to finish as the tournament's top scorer while Robben is available at 16/1 (17.0) to claim the prize.
Spain, meanwhile, have drifted out to 10/1 (11.0) in the World Cup stakes while Netherlands, who were pre-tournament 33/1 (34.0) chances, have been cut to 12/1 (13.0).
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