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In the opening game of the 2014 World Cup for Holland, they faced the tough task of playing current European and world champions Spain.
Nobody could have predicted what would happen.
After going a goal behind thanks to a soft penalty awarded to Spain, Van Persie scored one of the goals of the tournament so far when diving from almost 20 yards out to loop a header over the head of Iker Casillas.
Later, with the Dutch 3-1 up, Van Persie put Casillas under pressure, stole the ball off him and slotted in to the open net.
Van Persie spoke to NOS after the 5-1 win, as Mark Doyle reported for Goal.com:
This is unreal. This is a dream come true for Netherlands. Sometimes inexplicable things happen. We must not forget that we only have three points. We must now continue. That is the reality.
The whole country must enjoy this. I scored the equaliser in a perfect moment for us. We went to the dressing room with a good feeling. The 2-1 goal from Arjen Robben was scored in a fantastic moment.
For them it was a huge blow. After that we continued. Often you stop after 3-1. But we kept going and going. All credit to the coach. These are his tactics. He already predicted how the match would go. Incredible.
Everyone must enjoy this now. Tomorrow we will continue. Tomorrow we'll focus on Australia. Holland must party now. I can't wait to see those pictures. Have fun!