'Spain is finished' - Fans react to Netherlands' 5-1 riot

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Fans of both sides react to Netherlands' 5-1 thrashing of Spain in the World Cup Group B opener in Salvador.

There was jubilation and despair in Salvador after the Netherlands' 5-1 drubbing of Spain set the 2014 World Cup well and truly alight.

'I didn't expect 5-1, I love it!' one triumphant Dutch fan said after watching his national side tear apart the world champions. 'I hoped for 1-1, maybe 2-1, but 5-1? It was amazing'.

But for the Spanish fans who have experienced so much success in recent years, it was difficult to see World Cup glory on the cards after such a demoralising loss.

'Spain is finished, it was a total disaster', one fan lamented, adding: 'The World Cup is over for Spain'.

'They will have to change practically everything', said another. 'They have to change their defence and their motivation, they have to come down from their high horse, they must take off their high heels and really play the game'.

Spain started brightly in the Group B opener, going ahead through a controversial penalty won by Diego Costa and converted by Xabi Alonso.

But from then on it was all Holland. Robin van Persie scored a wonderful goal, lifting a header beautifully over the head of Iker Casillas. Stefan de Vrij put the Dutch ahead before Arjen Robben, Van Persie and Robben again netted to complete the rout.

Now the world champions will face a tough task to advance to the next round. Losing their next game against Chile will see them almost certainly knocked out at the group stage.

However, Spain have been in this position before - they lost to Switzerland in their first game of the 2010 World Cup, but went on to lift the trophy.

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