Group B:

Spain 1-5 Netherlands

Chile 3-1 Australia

Defending champions Spain started their defence on a lowest point thanks to a 5-1 humiliating loss to Netherlands.

In what was a repeat of the 2010 World Cup final game, Spain took the lead in the 27th minute courtesy of Xabi Alonso penalty after Brazilian born Diego Costa appeared to have been fouled by Ron Vlaar though replays showed there was no contact.

It was the Spanish in ascendency at this moment but the Dutch stood resilient and payback time came when Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie equalised with a superb header in the 44th minute following a neat cross left back Daley Blind.

After a 1-1 draw at half time, Louis Van Gaal’s men came out with all guns blazing and put more four past experienced skipper Iker Casillas.

Arjen Robben put the 2010 losing finalists in the lead for the first time and superbly controlling another blind’s long ball before beating centre backs Gerald Pique and Sergio Ramos and sliding the ball into the net with Casillas hapless.

De Vrij extend the lead with his first international goal after heading home Sneijder’s ball from a free kick down the left before Van Persie and Robben complete a brace each in the 74th and 80th minute respectively.

It was 5-1 at full time; the biggest losing margin of any defending champion at the finals.

In the other group game played, Chile beat Australia 3-1 to go second on the log behind the Dutch.

Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring for the South Americans in the 14th minute before setting up Jorge Valdivia two minutes later to make it 2-1 inside 15 minutes. Tim Cahill pulled one back for Australia in the 35th minute but Beausejou put the score beyond the Australians by netting in the 90th minute to make it 3-1.

Netherlands now leads the group with 3 points and +4 goal difference while Chile is second with same points but +2 goal difference whilst Australia lie 3rd and Spain stay bottom. 

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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