Arjen Robben scored a pair of second-half goals, Robin van Persie completed his brace and Stefen de Vrij opened his international account as an exuberant Netherlands outfit ran rampant over a tired, uninspired Spain team in Salvador on Friday.
Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.
|Spain Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for Spain
Casillas: Made an exceptional, early save to deny Sneijder.
Azpilicueta: Right-back is hardly the strength of this Spanish team.
Pique: Nearly 50 touches of the ball for the Barcelona defender, which is pretty much par for the course for him.
S.Ramos: Getting forward and looking to extend his goalscoring form to international level.
J.Alba: Pushing very high up the pitch opposite Janmaat.
Xavi: The Spanish pass-master distributed the ball at a rate of 90 percent in the opening frame.
Busquets: Has so far misplaced just a single pass while winning all of his aerial battles.
X.Alonso: Made no mistake from the spot as he gave his side the 1-0 lead.
Silva: Should have made it 2-0 just before Van Persie’s equaliser.
D.Costa: Won a very dodgy penalty off De Vrij.
Iniesta: Tucking in as J.Alba moves forward.
Full-Time analysis for Spain
Casillas: Perhaps his worst performance in an international match.
Azpilicueta: Had no answer for Blind.
Pique: At risk of losing his starting spot after Friday’s showing.
S.Ramos: Robben toyed with him at times.
J.Alba: With the Dutch funnelling the ball to the opposite flank as much as possible, he was far less involved then during the opening half.
Xavi: His 91 percent rate of passing meant absolutely nothing.
Busquets: Was cut through like butter in the centre of the park.
X.Alonso: Three of the Netherlands’ goals came after his withdrawal.
Silva: Took only two shots before being replaced by Fabregas
D.Costa: Might have been sent off had the referee seen his head-butt on Martins Indi.
Iniesta: As anonymous as he’s been for some time in a Spain shirt.
Torres: Missed a late tap-in.
Pedro: Wasn’t all that involved in Spain’s buildup play after his introduction.
Fabregas: Distribution was abysmal.
|Netherlands Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for Netherlands
Cillessen: Guessed right on the penalty but was still beaten.
Janmaat: Not getting forward as much as he’d like opposite M.Alba.
De Vrij: If he made contact with D.Costa there certainly wasn’t much.
Vlaar: Made an absolutely vital tackle to prevent D.Costa from taking an early shot.
Martins Indi: Good distribution, but he’s been wandering a bit too much.
Blind: Delivered an absolutely spectacular cross to set up the Van Persie goal.
De Jong: Switched the ball to his right foot and tested Casillas with a decent shot from distance.
Sneijder: Denied by Casillas inside the first 10 minutes.
De Guzman: Gave the ball away far too often and will be fortunate to return for the second half.
Robben: Lovely ball to release Sneijder in the early going.
Van Persie: His exceptional diving header left Casillas with no chance.
Full-Time analysis for Netherlands
Cillessen: Ended the match with five saves.
Janmaat: Contributed an eye-popping five tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
De Vrij: Bundled in the Netherlands’ third for his first international goal.
Vlaar: An absolute colossus in the centre of defense.
Martins Indi: Terrific in the second half; composed in his distribution.
Blind: Followed up his assist on Van Persie’s goal with a helper on Robben’s.
De Jong: Made a nuisance of himself throughout the match.
Sneijder: Slid the ball through to Robben for the Netherlands’ fifth.
De Guzman: Lasted 15 minutes after the restart before being withdrawn.
Robben: Scored a spectacular, second-half brace to put his side in complete control.
Van Persie: Nearly stretched the Netherlands’ lead but was denied by the crossbar.
Wijnaldum: Completed all of his passes after replacing De Guzman.
Veltman: Made a vital tackle to keep the Dutch well in front.
Lens: Just seven touches in a late cameo.
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