RVP header galvanised Dutch
the Swiss four years ago, but what happened at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador on Friday evening was another story altogether.
We are talking about the most dominant national team in recent history, and to see them get dominated the way they did, especially in the second half, was just unbelievable.
We were all hoping to see a different match to the World Cup fi nal of 2010, and boy, didn’t we get one! It was a strange game in more ways than one, as it’s important to note that Spain were, by far, the better side in the fi rst half.
After Wesley Sneijder missed a great chance to put the Dutch ahead, Spain began to dominate proceedings even if they were lucky to break the deadlock from the penalty spot. I didn’t think it was a penalty when I first saw it, and it seems like the referees are having a tough time in these early days of the World Cup.
If I had to pick a turning point, it would have to be that sensational goal from Robin van Persie. It came against the run of play because, only a few minutes earlier, David Silva squandered a golden opportunity to give the reigning champions a two- goal cushion.
So, from being this close to attaining a 2- 0 lead, Spain ended up conceding a goal. That’s what makes football such an unpredictable sport.
Clearly, that goal galvanised the Dutch and they were a transformed side when the match resumed after the break.
I was simply amazed at the enormous space the Dutch attack seemed to be fi nding with absolute ease, and they used it to devastating effect.
Delighted as I am for my country, I just hope we haven’t hit our peak too early and that there are a few more surprises in store.