The Dutch national team, with Ajax players Jasper Cillessen and Daley Blind in the starting eleven, and Joël Veltman as a substitute, had an outstanding start to the World Cup in Brazil. In a rematch of the World Cup final of 2010, the Dutch team unequivocally took its revenge and humiliated world champion Spain with a 1-5 defeat.
The Dutch team went down early on when Xabi Alonso, from six feet out, beat Cillessen, who nearly made the save. But the score was even by halftime. Daley Blind made an amazing pass to Robin van Persie, who left Spanish goalie Iker Casillas without a hope to save his sensational header, 1-1. Shortly before that, Cillessen had ensured that Spain did not score another goal by making a good save.
In the second half, something happened that very few would have predicted. The Dutch team destroyed Spain. Blind played an important role again. He sent yet another great, long pass which was controlled perfectly by Arjen Robben. The Bayern München player outplayed Ramos and Piqué, and scored, via Ramos’ foot, 1-2. The 1-3 goal followed after a Wesley Sneijder free kick. He sent the ball towards the second post, where Stefan de Vrij was in position and scored the Dutch team’s third goal past Casillas, who had been hindered by Van Persie. But it wasn’t over yet. Because after a Silva goal had been disqualified, Van Persie punished the Spanish goalie for making a mistake, 1-4.
After that, national team coach Louis van Gaal sent in the third Ajax player. Joël Veltman experienced this historic evening on the field. Another goal was even scored. Robben scored his second goal of the evening, which marked his 75th interland game, on a fantastic pass from Sneijder. After that, Veltman made his contribution by preventing Fernando Torres from scoring.
Soon after the match, Blind was interviewed by NOS and the discussion turned to his masterful passes: “I know that Van Persie goes there often. I looked up, I saw him leave, and without thinking too much, I made the pass”, said the Ajax player afterwards. “I enjoy that. That feels just as good as scoring the goal.”
The Dutch team plays its second World Cup match on Wednesday, June 18 at 18:00 against Australia.