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In a result that will send shockwaves through the world soccer, the Netherlands scored five unanswered goals to beat defending champion Spain 5-1 on the second day of the World Cup.

It's the worst defeat ever suffered by a defending champion.

Spain has been the best team in the world for nearly a decade, winning three-straight major competitions. On Friday they were embarrassed by a Dutch team that barely kept up with them in a lackluster World Cup final in 2010.

The Netherlands came into the game as heavy underdogs. Many experts were picking them to finish th...p of Death.

They left with all three points in one of the best performances ever, considering the opponent.

netherlands starting xi

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  • 3:01 PM

  • We're off. This is a juicy one.

  • 3:04 PM

  • 4TH MINUTE: Diego Costa, who was born in Brazil, booed on his first touch.

  • 3:08 PM

  • SAVE SPAIN! Sneijder got 1-on-1 with Casillas and he shot it right at him.

  • 3:10 PM

  • 10TH MINUTE: A brilliant pass by Robben sent Sneijder clean through. The underdogs could regret that. 0-0 early

  • 3:13 PM

  • 13TH MINUTE: Diego Costa has some space on the left side of the box but the ball gets stuck in his feet.

  • 3:16 PM

  • Nigel de Jong fouls Busquets. Game is official now

  • 3:21 PM

  • 21ST MINUTE: Netherlands doing a decent job of breaking up play, but just launching balls forward when they get possession. 0-0

  • 3:26 PM


  • 3:26 PM

  • Costa left the training leg dangling, and Vlaar cut him down. Fair penalty

  • 3:27 PM

  • GOAL SPAIN! 1-0 on a penalty

  • 3:35 PM

  • 35TH MINUTE: Netherlands really playing well after the goal. More possession in the last 10 minutes or so. 1-0 Spain

  • 3:43 PM

  • 42ND MINUTE: Spain the better team so far. Not as much possession as we're used to, but not allowing any chances. 1-0

  • 3:43 PM

  • SAVE HOLLAND! Silva tries to chip the goalie and it's deflected out for a corner

  • 3:45 PM


  • 3:45 PM

  • Goal of the tournament so far. 1-1

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  • 4:09 PM

  • 51ST MINUTE: Netherlands stars the 2nd half well. 1-1 is a result they'd take

  • 4:10 PM

  • ROBBEN SCORES TO MAKE IT 2-1. He got it on the left foot

  • 4:20 PM

  • Diego Costa off in the 62nd minute for Fernando Torres

  • 4:21 PM

  • Costa looked a bit rusty today. Made some good runs, drew a PK, but his finishing wasn't great.

  • 4:22 PM

  • De Vjri scores at the far post on a free kick. Terrible keeping by Casillas.

  • 4:25 PM

  • Goal disallowed. Spain puts it in the net put David Silva is offside.

  • 4:29 PM


  • 4:31 PM

  • Casillas as been suspect on the last 2 goals

  • 4:36 PM

  • 79TH MINUTE: Lens comes on for van Persie, who scored two goals.

  • 4:37 PM


  • 4:39 PM

  • Robben outran Ramos, spun around Casillas, and scored.

  • 4:43 PM

  • 86TH MINUTE: Everyone is stunned. Spain will have to recover well to get out of this group.

  • 4:44 PM

  • It's a firing range now. Holland is rampant.

  • 4:45 PM

  • Spain has won three-straight major competitions, by the way.

  • 4:48 PM

  • 90TH MINUTE: Spain is toast. Holland pushing for a 6th