Story of the match:

  • Costa wins Spain a penalty
  • Silva misses chance for 2-0
  • Van Persie levels to start rout
  • Casillas at fault for fourth goal

Netherlands produced a sensational second-half performance to annihilate reigning champions Spain in a stunned Arena Fonte Nova.

Spain lived up to their favourites tag by opening the scoring through a Xabi Alonso penalty, but Robin van Persie equalised with an incredible diving header just before half-time and Arjen Robben put Netherlands in front with a cool finish.

Stefan de Vrij forced in a third from Wesley Sneijder's free-kick, Van Persie dispossessed goalkeeper Iker Casillas to make it four and Robben's brilliant solo effort sealed the win.

Spain, looking to win a fourth consecutive major international trophy, were humbled and humiliated in the repeat of the 2010 World Cup final. The last time they conceded five goals in an international match was in 1963.

World Cup 2014: Thierry Henry says Dutch total football is back

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Three-time runners-up Netherlands will suddenly find themselves talked about among the leading contenders to lift the title and it is not unrealistic if they maintain this level of display.

It was their first meeting with Spain since the showpiece four years ago in South Africa and the first time the previous finalists had met in the opening round of matches at the next World Cup.

Ear-splitting noise reverberated around one of Brazil's most impressive stadiums as the teams emerged before kick-off.

Netherlands striker Robin van Perise scores a spectacular header against Spain

Van Persie has 10 goals in his last nine Netherlands outings

The Dutch fans have travelled in far smaller numbers than usual - a reflection of their pre-competition hopes - but there were still pockets of orange mixed in with the red of Spain, yellow of Brazil and the colours of various other teams, fitting in this melting pot of a city.

It made for a mighty atmosphere, including boos for pantomime villain Diego Costa - the striker born in Brazil and capped by them before switching allegiances to Spain.

Key facts

  • Four goals is the biggest losing margin by a defending champion
  • Spain have conceded 5+ goals in an international for the first time since losing 6-2 to Scotland in June 1963
  • Only once before had Spain conceded 5+ goals in a World Cup game (1-6 v Brazil in Brazil in 1950)
  • Robin van Persie has scored 10 goals in his last nine Netherlands appearances and Arjen Robben has scored seven goals in his last seven appearances for the Dutch

Costa was clattered early on by Ron Vlaar, and there were more heavy challenges as the first half progressed, but any idea that the Netherlands would turn this into an encounter as brutal as their defeat in Johannesburg four year's ago were soon dismissed.

Indeed, it was Louis van Gaal's Dutch side who created the first clear chance when Robben slipped Wesley Sneijder clean through but captain Casillas's one-handed save kept the ball out.

That miss appeared costly when Xavi released Costa into the penalty area and he fell under the challenge of De Vrij. Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli pointed to the spot, although replays showed Costa had stood on the Feyenoord defender's leg.

Alonso slotted the resulting penalty past Dutch keeper Jasper Cillessen but rather than leading to a period of dominance, Vicente del Bosque's men sat back and tried to defend their lead and Netherlands accepted the invitation to get forward and finally enjoyed some possession.

However, it was Spain who came closest to scoring a second when Andres Iniesta played in David Silva with a glorious inch-perfect pass but the Manchester City midfielder's tame chipped effort was turned away by Cillessen.

It was a missed opportunity that would come back to haunt Spain as within five minutes, Van Persie had scored the goal that proved the turning point of the match.

The Manchester United striker escaped the attentions of Sergio Ramos and met Daley Blind's crossfield pass with an astonishing 15-yard header that looped over a despairing Casillas.

World Cup 2014: Arjen Robben scores fifth Dutch goal

World Cup 2014: Arjen Robben scores fifth Dutch goal

Netherlands left the field at the break embracing each other with wide smiles and they carried that momentum into the second half.

Van Gaal's men deservedly took the lead when Xavi - the heartbeat of Spain's midfield for so long - lost possession and Blind supplied another pinpoint aerial pass from the left, which Robben expertly controlled before eluding Gerard Pique and finishing confidently.

Spain were now rocking and Van Persie smashed a half volley against the bar before De Vrij bundled a third goal over the line after Casillas missed Sneijder's inswinging free-kick from the left.

The goalkeeper protested that he had been impeded by Van Persie - and he had a point - but referee Rizzoli was unmoved and the Netherlands were suddenly in control at 3-1 up.

Silva thought he had given the world champions hope when he scored from close-range but his effort was correctly ruled offside.

Netherlands forward Arjen Robben scores against Spain in his side's 5-1 win

Robben has seven goals for the Dutch in his last seven games

And moments later, Netherlands were 4-1 up.

Casillas, who produced a stunning save to keep out a Robben volley, turned villain when he miscontrolled a backpass from Sergio Ramos and was tackled by Van Persie, who slid the ball into an empty net.

Robben then capped a fine individual performance with a fine solo goal. The winger raced from inside his own half to latch on to Sneijder's through ball and outpaced Ramos before taking the ball round Casillas and smashing past two defenders on the line.

Spain were in pieces and continued to be torn apart, substitute Jeremain Lens and Robben going close.

And Spain's torrid evening was summed up when substitute Fernando Torres failed to score from three yards. The Chelsea striker looked certain to register a consolation, only for Blind to arrive with a timely last-ditch challenge.

The full-time whistle was met with scenes of Dutch joy and Spanish woe, on the turf and in the stands. Netherlands embarked upon a lap of honour.

It was a result that will send shockwaves through world football.

World Cup 2014: Netherlands' Robin van Persie heads spectacular equaliser

World Cup 2014: Robin van Persie scores with superb header

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Spain

  • 01 Casillas Booked
  • 22 Azpilicueta
  • 18 Alba
  • 14 Alonso (Pedro - 63' )
  • 03 Piqué
  • 15 Ramos
  • 21 Silva (Fábregas - 78' )
  • 16 Busquets
  • 19 Diego Costa (Torres - 62' )
  • 08 Xavi
  • 06 Iniesta

Substitutes

  • 02 Albiol
  • 04 Javi Martínez
  • 05 Juanfran
  • 07 Villa
  • 09 Torres
  • 10 Fábregas
  • 11 Pedro
  • 12 de Gea
  • 13 Mata
  • 17 Koke
  • 20 Cazorla
  • 23 Reina

Netherlands

  • 01 Cillessen
  • 07 Janmaat
  • 05 Blind
  • 04 Martins Indi
  • 02 Vlaar
  • 03 de Vrij Booked (Veltman - 77' )
  • 08 de Guzmán Booked (Wijnaldum - 62' )
  • 06 de Jong
  • 10 Sneijder
  • 09 van Persie Booked (Lens - 79' )
  • 11 Robben

Substitutes

  • 12 Verhaegh
  • 13 Veltman
  • 14 Kongolo
  • 15 Kuyt
  • 16 Clasie
  • 17 Lens
  • 18 Fer
  • 19 Huntelaar
  • 20 Wijnaldum
  • 21 Depay
  • 22 Vorm
  • 23 Krul
Ref: Nicola Rizzoli
Att: 48,173

Match Stats

Shots

10 14

On target

4 10

Corners

4 1

Fouls

5 18

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Spain 1, Holland 5.

90:00 +3:40 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Spain 1, Holland 5.

90:00 +0:57

Foul by Pedro (Spain).

90:00 +0:57

Georginio Wijnaldum (Holland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:04

Attempt missed. Wesley Sneijder (Holland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jeremain Lens.

88:18

Foul by Andrés Iniesta (Spain).

88:18

Nigel de Jong (Holland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:56

Attempt blocked. Wesley Sneijder (Holland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Arjen Robben.

87:10

Hand ball by Jeremain Lens (Holland).

86:24

Corner, Holland. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

86:21

Attempt saved. Arjen Robben (Holland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

86:16

Attempt saved. Georginio Wijnaldum (Holland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daley Blind.

85:53

Andrés Iniesta (Spain) wins a free kick on the left wing.

85:53

Foul by Joël Veltman (Holland).

85:05

Offside, Spain. Gerard Piqué tries a through ball, but Fernando Torres is caught offside.

84:38

Andrés Iniesta (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:38

Foul by Joël Veltman (Holland).

82:22

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Ron Vlaar.

79:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Spain 1, Holland 5. Arjen Robben (Holland) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Wesley Sneijder with a through ball following a fast break.

78:41

Jordi Alba (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:41

Dangerous play by Jeremain Lens (Holland).

78:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Holland. Jeremain Lens replaces Robin van Persie.

77:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Spain. Francesc Fábregas replaces David Silva.

76:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Holland. Joël Veltman replaces Stefan de Vrij.

75:37

Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos (Spain) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

74:35

Pedro (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:35

Foul by Stefan de Vrij (Holland).

71:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Spain 1, Holland 4. Robin van Persie (Holland) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

69:41

Offside, Spain. Sergio Ramos tries a through ball, but Fernando Torres is caught offside.

68:57

Attempt saved. Robin van Persie (Holland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daley Blind.

66:57

Offside, Spain. Pedro tries a through ball, but David Silva is caught offside.

66:56

Attempt saved. Pedro (Spain) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by César Azpilicueta with a cross.

66:51

Attempt blocked. David Silva (Spain) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

65:21 Booking

Booking Robin van Persie (Holland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

65:19

Pedro (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:19

Foul by Robin van Persie (Holland).

64:50 Booking

Booking Iker Casillas (Spain) is shown the yellow card.

63:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Spain 1, Holland 3. Stefan de Vrij (Holland) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

63:53

Stefan de Vrij (Holland) hits the right post with a header from very close range. Assisted by Wesley Sneijder with a cross following a set piece situation.

63:13

Hand ball by Gerard Piqué (Spain).

62:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Spain. Pedro replaces Xabi Alonso.

62:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Spain. Fernando Torres replaces Diego Costa.

61:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Holland. Georginio Wijnaldum replaces Jonathan de Guzmán.

61:21

Offside, Holland. Stefan de Vrij tries a through ball, but Robin van Persie is caught offside.

59:50

Robin van Persie (Holland) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Daryl Janmaat.

57:04

Offside, Spain. Xabi Alonso tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

53:28

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Jonathan de Guzmán.

52:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Spain 1, Holland 2. Arjen Robben (Holland) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daley Blind with a through ball.

49:03

Attempt saved. Andrés Iniesta (Spain) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Silva.

46:32

Jordi Alba (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:32

Foul by Daryl Janmaat (Holland).

45:00

Second Half begins Spain 1, Holland 1.

45:00 +1:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Spain 1, Holland 1.

45:00 +0:37

Gerard Piqué (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:37

Foul by Arjen Robben (Holland).

43:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Spain 1, Holland 1. Robin van Persie (Holland) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Daley Blind with a through ball.

42:08

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Jasper Cillessen.

42:05

Attempt saved. David Silva (Spain) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta with a through ball.

40:39

Offside, Spain. Xavi tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

40:05 Booking

Booking Stefan de Vrij (Holland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

39:54

David Silva (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:54

Foul by Stefan de Vrij (Holland).

38:45

Offside, Holland. Robin van Persie tries a through ball, but Arjen Robben is caught offside.

36:30

Xabi Alonso (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:30

Foul by Jonathan de Guzmán (Holland).

35:28

Offside, Holland. Bruno Martins Indi tries a through ball, but Robin van Persie is caught offside.

34:26

Andrés Iniesta (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:26

Foul by Bruno Martins Indi (Holland).

34:10

Attempt saved. Nigel de Jong (Holland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Wesley Sneijder.

29:53

Offside, Holland. Daryl Janmaat tries a through ball, but Robin van Persie is caught offside.

27:30

Offside, Holland. Bruno Martins Indi tries a through ball, but Robin van Persie is caught offside.

26:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Spain 1, Holland 0. Xabi Alonso (Spain) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

25:19

Penalty Spain. Diego Costa draws a foul in the penalty area.

25:19

Penalty conceded by Stefan de Vrij (Holland) after a foul in the penalty area.

24:45 Booking

Booking Jonathan de Guzmán (Holland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

24:44

Andrés Iniesta (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:44

Foul by Jonathan de Guzmán (Holland).

22:12

Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos (Spain) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Xavi with a cross following a corner.

21:44

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Nigel de Jong.

17:47

Attempt missed. Diego Costa (Spain) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by David Silva.

16:08

Sergio Ramos (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:08

Foul by Robin van Persie (Holland).

15:07

Sergio Busquets (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:07

Foul by Wesley Sneijder (Holland).

14:30

Sergio Busquets (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:30

Foul by Nigel de Jong (Holland).

12:37

Attempt blocked. Diego Costa (Spain) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Xavi.

9:52

Attempt missed. Andrés Iniesta (Spain) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Xabi Alonso.

7:27

Attempt saved. Wesley Sneijder (Holland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Arjen Robben with a through ball.

5:55

Foul by Xavi (Spain).

5:55

Wesley Sneijder (Holland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:32

Foul by Xabi Alonso (Spain).

5:32

Arjen Robben (Holland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:54

Xabi Alonso (Spain) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:54

Foul by Daryl Janmaat (Holland).

0:21

Diego Costa (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:21

Foul by Ron Vlaar (Holland).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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