Netherlands player ratings v Spain: Van Persie and Robben star

Player ratings for the Netherlands as they stage an incredible comeback victory over defending champions Spain.

The Netherlands thrashed Spain 5-1 in their opening match at the 2014 World Cup.

Despite a Xabi Alonso penalty giving Spain a 1-0 lead before the half-hour mark, it was the Dutch who ended up comfortable winners.

Robin van Persie equalised before half-time, before two Arjen Robben goals, a Stefan de Vrij header and a second for the Manchester United striker secured a rout that will give the Netherlands great confidence to win the World Cup.

Here are our player ratings for the Netherlands.

Jasper Cillessen 9 - Faultless with the Alonso penalty, made a great save from David Silva when the score was still 1-1 that proved vital.

Daryl Janmaat 8 - A solid defensive performance all round.

Ron Vlaar 9 - The Aston Villa defender was superb throughout and kept Diego Costa very quiet

Stefan de Vrij 8 - Scored the third that secured the win and withstood all the Spanish pressure, although he gave away the Spain penalty

Bruno Martins 8 - Alongside Vlaar and De Vrij in a back three, he helped keep Costa and Fernando Torres quiet. 

Daley Blind 9 - Not only defended brilliantly but also played two superb passes for the Netherlands' first and second goals. 

Jonathan de Guzman 7 - Swansea City midfielder got booked in the first half and was substituted after an hour; however, a solid performance nonetheless.

Wesley Sneijder 8 - Won his 100th cap and played superbly in supporting Van Persie and Robben. Back to his playmaking best.

Nigel de Jong 8 Defensive midfielders don't always grab the headlines, but he stopped Spain playing their destructive possession game. Very important role in the side. 

Robin van Persie 9.5 - Outstanding. Scored a great header to equalise and punished Iker Casillas later on. Led the line brilliantly. Manchester United fans will be wondering why he couldn't reach that standard consistently last season. 

Arjen Robben 9.5 - His sheer pace alone was electrifying. Showed Sergio Ramos a clean pair of heels for his side's fifth and his composure in front of goal worthy of his brace. 


Joel Veltman 8 - Replaced Vrij and the Dutch defensive qualities remained high.

Georginio Wijnaldum 8 - Replaced De Guzman and the Dutch midfield remained as dominant as before, if not greater. 

Jeremain Lens 6 - Replaced Van Persie with seven minutes left and did everything asked of him.

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