Spain vs. Netherlands
Remember that scene in Tombstone where Doc Holiday says “make no mistake, it’s not revenge he’s (Wyatt Earp) after, it’s a reckoning.” This game was kinda like that, with the Netherlands playing the part of Wyatt Earp and Spain playing the part of all those guys Wyatt Earp kills.
It’s exciting anytime you get a rematch in sports, but championship rematches are just the best. It’s a chance for the defeated to even out the score and a chance for the champion to make a statement of dominance.
Dominance however, was not what Spain displayed. Spain just took a beating at the hands of the Dutch, which in itself is a fun statement. In a battle of football titans the super high country decimated the country that likes naps in the middle of the day.
Spain started off strong and got the first goal of the game at the 27 minute mark, but it was all orange from that point on. Xabi Alonso would be the only Spanish goal and is also my favorite name of this World Cup so far.
The Dutch answered in the 44 minute with a goal by Arjen Robben and we went to halftime 1-1.
After halftime though, it was a whole new game. The Dutch must have eaten their spinach, or at least a spinach tasting tulip of some kind. The Dutch spent the second half embarrassing the reigning champions scoring four more goals.
Spain now has a must win game against a strong Chile side. A loss to Chilewould all but close the door on the reigning champions making it to the round of 16. It would be shocking to see Spain not making it to the next round after so many people had them as one of the favorites. I don’t know when a reigning champion fell in the group stage, but it’s certainly rare. This game was embarrassing enough, the worst loss by a defending champ in World Cup history.
The Netherlands are now certainly in the drivers seat in Group B and shouldn’t have much of a problem with Australia.
Bandit’s rooting interest: As a lover of chaos in the World Cup I am wholeheartedly behind Chile. WE ASK FOR yOUR BLESSING LORD CHAOS!
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