Spain’s humiliation at the hands of the Netherlands was not going to be complete without a Fernando Torres howler. And to everyone but the Spanish fans’ amusement, he did not disappoint.
It was injury time and La Furia Roja were already 5-1 down. Spain launched an attack into the Dutch penalty box and the Chelsea striker was passed the ball in front of an open goal.
And just as expected, Torres did what he does best in these situations nowadays: miss. The 30-year-old tried to get the ball past Netherlands defender Jol Veltman for an easy tap-in but failed, and failed miserably.
That miss from the former Liverpool striker pretty much summed up how Spain performed against the Netherlands.
Although the reigning world and European champions took the lead before the half-hour mark in their opening Group B game at the 2014 World Cup finals, once Manchester United striker Robin van Persie had scored the equaliser on the stroke of half time, it was all Oranje.
Van Persie completed his brace in the second half and former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben too scored twice, as Louis van Gaal’s side started their campaign with a sensational and shocking 5-1 victory over one of the tournament’s favourites.
Torres did not start the match and came on as a 62nd-minute substitute for Diego Costa. He was a controversial selection by coach Vicente del Bosque, given Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo and Juventus forward Fernando Llorente were omitted from the final 23-man squad in favour of the man widely slated as a £50 million Chelsea flop.
However, Spain cannot be written off just yet and Torres has proved time and time again that he can score crucial goals for his country. How La Roja bounce back will be interesting to see.