International Friendlies

Netherlands 2-0 Spain

Stefan de Vrij
Lazio's Stefan de Vrij opened the scoring with a header past Manchester United's David De Gea

Netherlands scored twice in the first 16 minutes to ease to a 2-0 friendly victory over Spain in Amsterdam.

The two sides met in the group stages in the 2014 World Cup, when Netherlands thrashed their opponents 5-1.

They also faced one another in the 2010 World Cup final, when Andres Iniesta scored Spain's winner.

But Guus Hiddink's men were on top on Tuesday, going ahead through Stefan de Vrij's header and Davy Klaassen struck a second past goalkeeper David De Gea.

David De Gea
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea was beaten twice after starting the game for Spain

The game at the World Cup in Brazil last year brought to an end Spain's dominant run in major tournaments, during which they won the 2008 and 2012 European Championships, and the 2010 World Cup.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque fielded an experimental side on Tuesday, with Malaga forward Juanmi and Sevilla midfielder Vitolo making their international debuts.

But despite experienced players such as Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas and Arsenal's Santi Cazorla in the midfield, they were unable to prevent the hosts from running away with the match in the opening stages, condemning Spain to a third consecutive friendly loss for the first time since 2001.

Netherlands defender Bruno Martins Indi should have made it 3-0 but missed a free header in the second half, with Vitolo fluffing an effort for the visitors as they tried in vain to get back into the contest.

With the top two sides from each European group qualifying for Euro 2016, Oranje are currently third in Group A, while La Roja are second in Group C.



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Vermeer
  • 2Janmaat
  • 3de Vrij
  • 4Martins Indi
  • 5Willems
  • 8Klaassen
  • 6BlindSubstituted forde Guzmánat 73'minutes
  • 10SneijderSubstituted forWijnaldumat 62'minutes
  • 7Narsingh
  • 9HuntelaarSubstituted forDostat 79'minutes
  • 11DepaySubstituted forAfellayat 84'minutes


  • 12Van der Wiel
  • 13Veltman
  • 14Bruma
  • 15de Jong
  • 16de Jong
  • 17Promes
  • 18Wijnaldum
  • 19Dost
  • 20de Guzmán
  • 21Afellay
  • 22Krul
  • 23Cillessen


Formation 4-5-1

  • 13de Gea
  • 12Carvajal
  • 3PiquéSubstituted forSan Joséat 68'minutes
  • 2Albiol
  • 17Bernat
  • 11PedroSubstituted forMachín Pérezat 45'minutes
  • 10Fàbregas
  • 14SuárezSubstituted forRamosat 68'minutes
  • 20CazorlaSubstituted forIniestaat 76'minutes
  • 22IscoSubstituted forSilvaat 45'minutes
  • 9JuanmiSubstituted forMorataat 62'minutes


  • 1Casillas
  • 4Bartra
  • 5Busquets
  • 6Iniesta
  • 7Morata
  • 8Koke
  • 15Ramos
  • 16Torres Belén
  • 19Machín Pérez
  • 21Silva
  • 23Asenjo
  • 24San José
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Netherlands 2, Spain 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Netherlands 2, Spain 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Netherlands. Daryl Janmaat tries a through ball, but Luciano Narsingh is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Vitolo (Spain).

  5. Post update

    Ibrahim Afellay (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan de Guzmán (Netherlands).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Spain. Conceded by Martins Indi.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Álvaro Morata (Spain) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Bas Dost (Netherlands).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Spain. Conceded by Jetro Willems.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Vitolo (Spain) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta with a cross.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Netherlands. Ibrahim Afellay replaces Memphis Depay.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Memphis Depay with a through ball.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Álvaro Morata (Spain).

  17. Post update

    Daryl Janmaat (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Spain. Conceded by Daryl Janmaat.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Netherlands. Bas Dost replaces Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Cesc Fàbregas (Spain) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Raúl Albiol.

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Tuesday 31st March 2015

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