Dutch Out For Revenge

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Spain is ready for a huge rematch against the Netherlands. Picture: AFP/fifa.com

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Spain v Netherlands

Fonte Nova Arena, Salvador
Saturday June 14 – 5:00 AM (AEST)

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Spain  kick off their World Cup defence on Saturday morning when they meet the team they denied in the final four years ago, the Netherlands .

Spain have been the heavyweights in world football in recent years, winning back-to-back European Championships on either side of their 2010 triumph. What will give them great confidence ahead of this year’s tournament is the fact they possess a large cohort of the players who won the tournament four years ago. Iniesta, Fabregas, Ramos and Villa are just some of the names who will feature again. One new face on the block for the Spanish outfit is Athletico Madrid’s, Diego Costa. The Brazil-born striker controversially turned his back on the host nation in favour of the Spanish national side, a decision which could backfire in the long run. The 25-year-old had been recovering from a groin strain over the last couple of weeks, but he is expected to feature in the starting line-up on Saturday for just the second time.

The Dutch side have been there or there about's in the World Cup and fell agonisingly short last time out. Louis Van Gaal’s side, similar to the Spanish squad, boast the same big names who took part in the same tournament four years ago. Robben, Sneijder, Huntelaar and Van Persie all remain in the side, meaning their attacking threat will be as formidable as it was in South Africa. The only doubt about the Netherlands is they are an aging squad and it will be interesting to see how they fare against younger sides. The boys in orange have benefited from an injury-free build up to the tournament and will be close to full strength come Saturday.

Spain are favourites to top Group B and they face what is likely be their hardest opponents in the opening match. The Spanish team are expected to win, and they should possess too much class for the dutch, but you can’t rule out Louis Van Gaal’s men causing an upset.


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