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Defending champions Spain allow shocking five goals to Netherlands

Jun 13, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

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Robin van Persie has two, and Arjen Robben has a brace of his own as the Dutch are flying in Salvador…literally.

The Manchester United striker opened things for the Netherlands with a beautiful flying header, and that was just the beginning.

Thanks to ESPN’s stats and info team, word has come through that Spain’s five goals allowed to the Netherlands is the most ever for a defending World Cup champion in their ensuing opening match.

In fact, that number came through at four goals allowed, but Arjen Robben has just scored in the 81st minute and it doesn’t look like anything but the final whistle will stop the Dutch.

It’s also the most goals Spain has allowed in a World Cup match since 1950.

Can they grab yet another goal? There are 10 minutes to go, follow live on Soccerly’s World Cup coverage.

  1. savoirlaire - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Holy crap! The Spanish are going to hunt down and kill Casillas and the rest of the Roja! What a shocker!!

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