Even at this level, you need to do your shoes up properly!
Silva almost jinks through the defence but is crowded out – another half-chance goes begging.
Iniesta now dribbles into the area and tries to find Silva, but Netherlands put it out for a corner.
Pass Attempts: Spain 201 Netherlands 92
The man, the myth, the bundle of angry energy that is Sergio Ramos can’t connect with the corner, and it’s a goal kick.
Spain have so many options that it’s difficult to call, but I’d go with Cesc or Torres on around 60 minutes if it stays like this.
De Guzman is in the book…
Wow, yet more controversy…
Diego Costa shapes for a shot and drags the ball back, and is caught by a sliding challenge – it looks soft…
GOAL! Spain 1-0 Netherlands (Alonso pen ’26)
. Neither side has gotten into a real flow so far.
Alex – presumably because he elected to play for Spain rather than Brazil – it’d didn’t go down well at all.
Costa shanks an effort well wide from out on the right now – the Netherlands are looking comfortable in defence so far.
Arjen Robben’s boot has come off, and he’s taking his time with the laces.
Now Van Persie backs into Ramos and gives away a free kick