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2014 World Cup: Holland thrashes Spain, 5-1, in stunning upset

That was vicious. The Netherlands destroyed reigning World Cup champions Spain 5-1, led by two goals each from Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben. After a promising start, Spain appeared taken aback by a gorgeous flying header from van Persie to tie the game, and then never recovered. Goalkeeper Iker Casillas, in particular, made two crucial mistakes, and for most of the game looked miserable and drenched, as if he were suffering from a nasty hangover.

It was an emphatic start for Holland's campaign, and a strong hint that a golden era for Spanish soccer might be coming to a close. Spain still has two games left to bounce back, and it would be unwise to write them off entirely — but let's just say I'm glad I didn't pick Spain to win it all in my bracket.