Spain vs. Netherlands: Live Player Ratings

Jerrad Peters@@jerradpetersWorld Football Staff WriterJune 13, 2014

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 13:  Sergio Ramos of Spain challenges Robin van Persie of the Netherlands during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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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.

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 13:  Head coach Vicente del Bosque of Spain speaks to his players on the bench during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by I
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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
De Vrij68
Martins Indi67
De Jong77
De Guzman55
Van Persie89

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.

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 13:  Arjen Robben of the Netherlands shoots and scores his second goal, the teams fifth, as goalkeeper Iker Casillas of Spain looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte
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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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