Home World Cup 2014 Netherlands Netherlands (5) vs (1) Spain – Netherlands’ (Great) Player Ratings

Netherlands (5) vs (1) Spain – Netherlands’ (Great) Player Ratings

Nobody expected this. After being criticized for being too defensive for choosing a 5-3-2 formation, Louis van Gaal proved he was right as his team beat the current World champions in a stunning 5-1 result. While they didn’t start off very solid, the Oranje slowly improved and resorted to their individual talents and Spain’s reluctance to fight back in order to earn a key 3 points and a +4 goal average that could prove essential for reaching the knockout stage.

GK, Jasper Cillesen: 7/10

He blocked Silva’s shot in a key play right before van Persie equalized and prevented what could’ve been a different result. He guessed correctly in the penalty shot, but couldn’t stop it. Solid in the rest of the game.

DEF, Daryl Janmaat: 6.5/10

He wasn’t very decisive in attack, but was just enough in defense.

DEF, Ron Vlaar: 6.5/10

Had a few good blocks and after the second goal he barely had to worry.

DEF, Stefan de Vrij: 7.5/10

He supposedly fouled Diego Costa in the controversial penalty. He received a yellow card, but remained solid in defense and even had the chance to score the 3rd goal.

DEF, Bruno Martins Indi: 6.5/10

Did just enough to keep trouble away from Cillesen when he had to, which wasn’t a lot of times.

DEF, Daley Blind: 9/10

Very active on the left wing, provided crosses when he had the chance and provided a great assist for van Persie’s equalizer. Also provided Robben’s 2-1 assist. Superb.

MID, Nigel de Jong: 7.5/10

Stole the control of the ball from Spain, which is a lot to say. He was aggressive as usual when tackling, but barely had anything to do after Spain deflated.

MID, Jonathan de Guzmán: 6.5/10

Helped de Jong annoy Spain’s midfielders, but earned a yellow card way to early and was subbed shortly after the 60-minute mark.

MID, Wesley Sneijder: 6/10

Had a great opportunity to score the first goal of the game, but his shot wasn’t very powerful and accurate causing Casillas to block it. He didn’t do a whole lot more after that.

ATT, Arjen Robben: 9.5/10

Was active in the first half, gave Sneijder a great goal opportunity. Brilliant play on the second half for the goal that turned the game around. He also scored the fifth and last goal. He was a complete nightmare. Fast and accurate, he got his revenge on Casillas.

ATT, Robin van Persie: 8/10

Players like him don’t need to be active the entire game to make a difference. He was at the right place at the right time and scored a stunning equalizer. Also scored the 4th goal. He did what he is supposed to do, score goals.


MID, Georginio Wijnaldum: 6/10

He had the chance to score the 6th, but Casillas blocked it. Barely did anything in the half hour he played.

DEF, Joël Veltman: 6/10

Only played 13 minutes, but did enough to earn an above average score, since he prevented Torres from scoring Spain’s 2nd goal.

ATT, Jeremain Lens: N/A

He barely participated in the game.