Scenes of that night in Soccer city were far away from the minds of Van Persie and Robben as they rose to the occasion and thrashed the world champions in the opening game of group B of the FIFA world cup following a master class performance by the Orange in the second half.
It looked like it was gonna be business as usual for La Furia Roja when Vlaar brought down Diego Costa in the box in the 27 minute and Alonso sent the ball down the middle from the spot and Spain led one-nil.
The Netherlands however replied before half time as Van Persie met Blind’s diagonal ball with a beautiful diving header to equalize.
In the 52nd minute, Blind hit another diagonal ball for Robben who danced round Pique before sending Casillas the wrong way. A few minutes later, Van Persie’s right footed drive cannoned off the crossbar before a free kick from Sneijder found its way to the back post and De Vrij was on hand to turn the ball in after a scramble.
In the 67th minute, Spain had a goal disallowed as Silva was rightfully judged to have been offside whenhe turned in a rebound from Costa’s initial header.
Van Persie added his second of the game as Casillas mis-controled a back pass and left the Dutchman with the simple task of tapping the ball into an empty net. in the 80th minute, Robben outpaced Ramos to get to Sneijder’s pass and round Casillas before netting his second of the game.
Robben also had a shot cannon off the crossbar in the 85th minute as Spain seemed incapable of coping with the pace and urgency of the Dutch in the second half.