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Dutch thrash Spain; three points for El Tri

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POSTED June 13, 2014 11:31 p.m.

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — The Netherlands thrashed Spain 5-1 Friday, toying with the defending champions in the second half and gaining a measure of revenge for its 2010 loss in the World Cup final.

Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben both scored twice and defender Stefan de Vrij grabbed his first international goal in a humiliating defeat for a Spain team that has won its last three major tournaments.

It was the worst loss for Spain in the game’s showcase tournament since a 6-1 defeat to Brazil in 1950.

In one game, Van Persie doubled his goal tally from the whole 2010 World Cup.  The orange-clad Dutch fans at the Arena Fonte Nova gave him a standing ovation when he was substituted.

The victory was particularly sweet for Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal, who was criticized for his decision to play five defenders against Spain. He insisted the formation had attacking potential as well as nullifying Spain’s fluent passing game.

It did. And then some.

At the end, Dutch fans were roaring “Ole” as their team passed the ball around and Spain chased them.



Mexico 1, Cameroon 0

With torrential rain pouring down and two goals already contentiously disallowed, tens of thousands of soggy but boisterous Mexico fans were getting nervous.

They had already started chanting for Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, the striker benched in favor of Oribe Peralta, to come on and deliver a game winner.

Seconds after the chant began, Peralta scored in the 61st minute to help Mexico to a 1-0 victory Friday and the three points it needed to have any chance of advancing from a tough Group A at the World Cup.

Peralta’s goal gave Mexico its first win over an African team at the World Cup and justified coach Miguel Herrera’s faith that he could deliver on the biggest stage in the world.



Chile 3, Australia 1

CUIABA, Brazil (AP) — Watch out Spain: Chile and its star striker Alexis Sanchez are looking like a serious threat at the World Cup.

Carrying over his prolific form this season for Barcelona, Sanchez scored one goal and set up another to lead Chile to a 3-1 win over Australia in stifling conditions in Cuiaba on Friday.

It was a patchy but ultimately satisfying opening performance in Group B for the Chileans, who are dangerous outsiders in Brazil after their impressive run of results over the past 18 months.

And they now have the opportunity to make a real dent in the tournament — a win over Spain on Wednesday would virtually guarantee eliminating the reigning champions, who slumped to a stunning 5-1 loss to the Netherlands earlier Friday.

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