In the build up to Tuesday night's game, the Spanish press were lauding the talents of Manchester United shot-stopper David De Gea, pointing at him being the deserving heir to the goalkeeping throne of Real Madrid captain, Iker Casillas.
Unfortunately for the 24-year-old, Netherlands had other ideas about that, showing much more intensity than Spain in the opening period of the game and netting twice in the opening fifteen minutes.
In fairness to De Gea however, there was little he could do to deny the goals from either Stefan de Vrij, or Davy Klaassen, as the Spanish defence fell apart in front of him.
Indeed, the damage could have come earlier and made things worse for Spain, were it not for a key save from De Gea in just the 7th minute, denying Memphis Depay. He also stopped the same Netherlands man adding a third goal for his team in the 56th minute.
During the second half of the encounter, De Gea was more of a bystander, as Spain improved and tried to find a way back, but ultimately, it was those two first half strikes from Netherlands that made the difference.
De Gea shouldn't be too downhearted though. He was actually one of the better performers for Spain, within a game that was full of typical 'friendly' experimentation from head-coach, Vicente Del Bosque. For now though, the Manchester United goalie will have to settle for sharing the number one spot with Iker Casillas, and for the foreseeable future.