Spain ‘overwhelmed’ by Dutch, admits Del Bosque
Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque admitted that he felt ‘sick’ after his defending champions were thrashed 5-1 by the Netherlands in their opening World Cup Group B match, BBC Sport has reported.
In a repeat of the 2010 final, Wesley Sneijder missed a presentable early chance for the Dutch, who then fell behind when Xabi Alonso converted from the penalty spot after a foul on Diego Costa. The Netherlands were level by half time, however, as Robin van Persie acrobatically headed home Daney Blind's deep cross.
That was the first time Spain had conceded in the World Cup for five matches, but they were then taken apart in the second half. A rampant Robben found the net with a deflected shot, before Stefan de Vrij squeezed the ball home following a free-kick.
Van Persie then grabbed his second by capitalising on a mistake by goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Robben rounded things off with 10 minutes left by out-pacing Sergio Ramos and then firing into an empty net after rounding Casillas, another of his former Real Madrid teammates.
After the game, Casillas took responsibility for the defeat, but a stunned Del Bosque said: "When a team loses a match it's not just the performance of one single player, its a weakness in the total squad. We can't blame anyone, least of all Iker Casillas."
"I feel sick, ill at ease, but with the courage a defeat must not sink us. It is not a happy moment, but first of all I want to congratulate the Dutch team, who were superior to us. We have been overwhelmed. We are a team of good professionals and good lads - everyone hurts. There will be time to talk."
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