Spain received a World Cup humiliation this evening, Friday, June 13 as their defence of the coveted trophy got off to a disastrous start due to a merciless Netherlands side who rampaged the Furia Roja's defence with quick balls, before returning an unexpected 5-1 victory at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.
Spain had an abundance of experience, including Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso, Xavi and Andres Iniesta - a stark contrast to Dutch youngsters like Bruno Martins Indi.
However, total accumulated caps mattered not as Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal set his Dutch troops up perfectly for a never-ending assault, hitting the target with ten of their 14 goal attempts, with goals coming from Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Stephan de Vrij.
One man who was most impressed, was BBC pundit and former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, 35, who believes van Gaal has set himself high standards as he bows down from his role with the Netherlands after the tournament and begins his tenure at Old Trafford.
Ferdinand said: "I think he's set himself high standards going to Man United like that - United fans will be well happy!"
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