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  • Date:13 Jun 2014
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Arena Fonte Nova
  • Attendance:50,000
  • Alonso - pen (26)
  • van Persie (43)
    Robben (52) De Vrij (63)
    van Persie (71) Robben (79)
Goal!

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The referee ends the match.

90:58 +0.58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jeremain Lens by Rodriguez Pedro. Wesley Sneijder takes the free kick.

90:05 +0.05

Arjen Robben has an effort at goal. Iker Casillas catches the ball.

87:58

Wesley Sneijder takes a shot. Gerard Pique gets a block in.

86:43

Corner from the right by-line taken by Wesley Sneijder.

86:17

Jeremain Lens takes a shot. Iker Casillas parries the ball away. Arjen Robben takes a shot. Iker Casillas dives and deflects the ball away.

85:51

Francesc Fabregas fouled by Darryl Janmaat, the ref awards a free kick. Cesar Azpilicueta restarts play with the free kick.

85:10

Fernando Torres is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jasper Cillessen takes the free kick.

84:38

Unfair challenge on Andres Iniesta by Joel Veltman results in a free kick. Gerard Pique restarts play with the free kick.

82:45

Corner from the left by-line taken by Francesc Fabregas.

79:32

Arjen Robben scores with a left foot finish. Spain 1-5 Holland.Assist on the goal came from Wesley Sneijder.

78:10

Jeremain Lens replaces Robin van Persie.

77:35

Francesc Fabregas is brought on as a substitute for David Silva.

76:07

Joel Veltman is brought on as a substitute for Stefan De Vrij.

74:34

Stefan De Vrij gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hernandez Xavi. Strike comes in from Garcia Sergio Ramos from the free kick and misses left of the target.

71:50

Robin van Persie slots the ball left footed into the goal. Spain 1-4 Holland.

69:45

The assistant referee signals for offside against Fernando Torres. Ron Vlaar restarts play with the free kick.

69:09

The ball is delivered by Daley Blind.

68:57

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Iker Casillas saves with their feet.

67:02

Rodriguez Pedro takes a shot. A parry by Iker Casillas prevents the goal. The referee blows for offside against David Silva. Free kick taken by Jasper Cillessen.

65:25

Robin van Persie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gerard Pique. The referee shows Robin van Persie a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Garcia Sergio Ramos takes the free kick.

63:58

Iker Casillas booked for dissent.

63:14

Gerard Pique is adjudged to have handled the ball. A cross is delivered by Wesley Sneijder. Stefan De Vrij slots the ball left footed into the goal. Spain 1-3 Holland.Assist by Wesley Sneijder.

61:58

Rodriguez Pedro is brought on as a substitute for Xabi Alonso.

61:39

Jonathan de Guzman leaves the field to be replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum. Fernando Torres on for da Silva Diego Costa.

59:49

Robin van Persie takes a shot.

57:07

The official flags da Silva Diego Costa offside. Jasper Cillessen takes the free kick.

54:54

Corner taken by Hernandez Xavi. Foul by da Silva Diego Costa on Jasper Cillessen, free kick awarded. Jasper Cillessen restarts play with the free kick.

52:03

Arjen Robben scores with a left foot finish. Spain 1-2 Holland.The assist for the goal came from Daley Blind.

49:03

Andres Iniesta takes a shot. Jasper Cillessen fumbles the ball.

46:32

Darryl Janmaat concedes a free kick for a foul on Ramos Jordi Alba. Hernandez Xavi restarts play with the free kick.

The game restarts for the second half.

The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:39 +0.39

Unfair challenge on Sergio Busquets by Arjen Robben results in a free kick.

43:24

Daley Blind produces a cross. Robin van Persie grabs a goal with a headed effort. Spain 1-1 Holland.Daley Blind provided the assist for the goal.

42:42

The ball is sent over by Andres Iniesta. Ron Vlaar makes a clearance.

42:35

Short corner taken by Hernandez Xavi from the left by-line.

42:05

Shot by David Silva. Jasper Cillessen turns it away with a diving stop.

40:41

The referee blows for offside. Ron Vlaar restarts play with the free kick.

39:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stefan De Vrij on David Silva. Stefan De Vrij goes into the referee's book. Hernandez Xavi restarts play with the free kick.

38:45

The assistant referee signals for offside against Arjen Robben. Garcia Sergio Ramos takes the free kick.

36:30

Foul by Jonathan de Guzman on Xabi Alonso, free kick awarded. Hernandez Xavi takes the free kick.

35:29

The referee blows for offside against Robin van Persie. Free kick taken by Gerard Pique.

34:28

Foul by Bruno Martins Indi on Andres Iniesta, free kick awarded. Hernandez Xavi restarts play with the free kick.

34:10

Nigel De Jong takes a shot. Iker Casillas safely holds on.

34:00

A cross is delivered by Jonathan de Guzman.

31:51

The ball is delivered by Daley Blind.

30:43

The ball is sent over by Jonathan de Guzman. David Silva makes a clearance.

29:56

Robin van Persie is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Iker Casillas.

27:33

Robin van Persie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Gerard Pique takes the free kick.

25:19

Stefan De Vrij challenges da Silva Diego Costa unfairly and gives away a Penalty. Placed penalty scored by Xabi Alonso. Spain 1-0 Holland.

24:42

Jonathan de Guzman concedes a free kick for a foul on Andres Iniesta. Jonathan de Guzman goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Hernandez Xavi takes the free kick.

24:33

The ball is delivered by Daley Blind.

22:10

Corner from the left by-line taken by Hernandez Xavi.

20:29

Ramos Jordi Alba delivers the ball. Darryl Janmaat makes a clearance.

17:47

Shot by da Silva Diego Costa missed to the right of the net.

16:05

Robin van Persie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Garcia Sergio Ramos. Free kick taken by Garcia Sergio Ramos.

15:08

Wesley Sneijder challenges Sergio Busquets unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Sergio Busquets.

14:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel De Jong on Sergio Busquets. Hernandez Xavi restarts play with the free kick.

9:52

Andres Iniesta takes a shot.

7:26

Arjen Robben takes a shot. Iker Casillas parries the effort to safety.

5:57

Sergio Busquets gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan de Guzman. Bruno Martins Indi restarts play with the free kick.

5:35

Arjen Robben fouled by Xabi Alonso, the ref awards a free kick. Darryl Janmaat restarts play with the free kick.

4:51

Unfair challenge on Xabi Alonso by Darryl Janmaat results in a free kick. Andres Iniesta takes the free kick.

0:21

Da Silva Diego Costa fouled by Nigel De Jong, the ref awards a free kick. Sergio Busquets takes the free kick.

The referee gets the game started.

Match Preview

Defending Champions Spain take on the Netherlands at the Arena Fonte Nova at 8pm looking to become the first European team to win the World Cup in South America and also retain their title.

The repeat of the 2010 final happens in the group stage this year and if it is anything like the final you should set your alarm for the final ten minutes or so and start watching then. I am sure there are people who find the Spanish system to be great to watch but I am not one of them, I find it aimless and indeed joyless. Once you take the joy out of football and make it completely a percentages game people start yawning and stadiums start emptying and the gods of football weep…That said lets see what we may have in store shall we?

Spain as defending champions are certainly no mugs and will be looking to make history as the first team to successfully defend their title and go into the game with a FIFA ranking of #1 if that helps their cause. Standing in there way are thirty-one other teams looking to stop them, chief of which are the hosts Brazil and with Germany and Argentina among those with a decent chance to upset the tiki-taka cart.

Spain’s recent record looks ok with their defeat to Brazil at the Confederations Cup being there only major loss although they were beaten by a goal to nil by South Africa in November 2013. They beat Italy 1-0 and have had easy friendly wins against weak opponents such as Bolivia (Ranked 67th) and El Salvador (Ranked 93rd) in the run-up to the World Cup.

There has been some experimentation in the Spanish team in recent friendly matches and it remains to be seen if they choose to play with a striker but they will look to dominate possession with 34-year-old Xavi and 30 year-old Iniesta pulling the strings in midfield. Brazil-born Diego Costa could fit the striker role and it remains to be seen how he will be received in Brazil if he did. Any suggestion the team may be past their best has been refuted by Del Bosque who said:” We have a mature team and young players. We are not afraid of anything and we are in our prime. I don't have any fear for the future either because we have an Under-21 team that are winning things and there are plenty of replacements that will ensure a bright future.”

The Dutch have fallen down the rankings and are now rated the 15th best team in the world by FIFA. They enter the tournament on the back of two friendly wins against Wales and Ghana, a draw with Ecuador and a two nil defeat to France in March. The Netherlands do have a good record at the World Cup, finishing as runners-up on three occasions but never winning the tournament. They will be relying on Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben to light-up the Dutch challenge. It does look like van Persie will be fit to start after colliding with a Kite Surfer in Rio.

Manchester United bound Van Gaal will be under additional scrutiny by the English press but he is in confident mood: "Although as a squad, we may be much younger than four years ago, there are also lots of opportunities. We have to prove ourselves again, but it is also a great challenge.”

Formation:433Manager: Vicente Del Bosque

Spain

Formation: 532Manager: Louis Van Gaal

Holland

  • Iker Casillas
  • Cesar Azpilicueta
  • Garcia Sergio Ramos
  • Gerard Pique
  • Ramos Jordi Alba
  • Xabi Alonso
  • Hernandez Xavi
  • Sergio Busquets
  • David Silva
  • da Silva Diego Costa
  • Andres Iniesta
  • SUBS
  • David De Gea
  • Raul Albiol
  • Aguinaga Javi Martinez
  • Torres Juanfran
  • David Villa
  • Fernando Torres
  • Francesc Fabregas
  • Rodriguez Pedro
  • Juan Mata
  • Jorge Koke
  • Santi Cazorla
  • Jose Reina

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