2014 World Cup: Netherlands’ Player Performance Reviews vs. Spain

2014 World Cup: Netherlands Player Performance Reviews vs. Spain

Spain v Netherlands: Group B - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
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The Netherlands showed that they're as much a contender as they were four years ago. Their defense was almost impenetrable and their offense was lightning quick and ultra efficient. The roles were set very clearly for each player. Find out how each of these players responded to the pressures.

GK - Jasper Cillessen

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GK - Jasper Cillessen

Netherlands Jasper Cillessen
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It was a relatively calm night for Cillessen. He almost managed to save the extremely well-placed penalty shot, and he showed quick reflexes when David Silva tried to chip it over him. Outside of that, Spain didn't really try him out. Cillessen's grade is a 8 out of 10.

RB - Daryl Janmaat

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RB - Daryl Janmaat

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During the first half, Daryl Janmaat showed problems trying to successfully cover Andres Iniesta and David Silva on his side. But everything changed during the second half, as he grew confident, shut down his side and put in good runs when attacking. A solid 7.5 out of 10 for Janmaat.

CB - Ronald Vlaar

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CB - Ronald Vlaar

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Ronald Vlaar traded coverages on Diego Costa with his other two central defenders, but every time Vlaar was covering him, Costa came out losing. When Costa came out, Spain never got close enough to require help from Vlaar. 8 out of 10 for Vlaar.

CB - Stefan de Vrij

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CB - Stefan de Vrij

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Stefan de Vrij traded one good play for a bad play. The bad came in the first half, when he (unjustly) was called for a penalty. The good, as with most of the Netherlands players, came in the second half, when he managed to stick his head in on a Blind cross and score. 7 out of 10 for de Vrij.

CB - Bruno Martins Indi

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CB - Bruno Martins Indi

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Bruno Martins Indi played as one of the three central defenders, but he had the most flexibility when it came to helping out up top. At every chance he got, he went up for headers, and when it was time to defend, Martins Indi showed that he can fight with the best of them. 8 out of 10 for Martins Indi.

LB - Daley Blind

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LB - Daley Blind

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Outside of the obvious choices of Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie, Daley Blind was the Netherlands' player of the game. He defended well on his side, and chose the perfect times to forward. And out of those runs came the first two goals, where he put in picture-perfect crosses. Great night for Blind, who earned himself a 9 out of 10.

CM - Jonathan de Guzmán

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CM - Jonathan de Guzmán

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Jonathan de Guzman put in an admirable performance in the toughest of conditions. He had to battle against Xabi Alonso, Xavi and Sergio Busquets, but in many ways he came out winning. He was always intelligent with the ball at his feet and tried his best to help on the defense. 7 out of 10 for de Guzman.

CM - Nigel de Jong

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CM - Nigel de Jong

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Nigel de Jong may be called a dirty player, and his style may not be appreciated by all, but his importance and worth to this team is invaluable. His coverages are always perfect, he shows great defensive tenacity, and he knows how to intimidate his opponents. Not to mention, he always makes the right pass. 8.5 out of 10 for Nigel de Jong.

CAM - Wesley Sneijder

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CAM - Wesley Sneijder

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Wesley Sneijder showed that even at his advanced age, he can still put in fantastic performances. He showed his class and technique throughout the game, and although he wasn't able to score, his attitude and quality passes are worth recognizing. 7.5 out of 10 for Sneijder.

ST - Arjen Robben

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ST - Arjen Robben

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A perfect 10. Arjen Robben was an absolute nightmare for the entire Spanish defense. None of the Spanish players could keep up with him. Casillas was also scrambling on his feet to keep up with him. A fantastic night for the Munich man, who scored two goals and made the Spanish look absolutely silly.

ST - Robin van Persie

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ST - Robin van Persie

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Another 10 for the Netherlands. Robin van Persie is often ignored in the discussion of best striker in the world, but he just made a serious case for himself. His first goal was an absolute beauty, and he showed his level of hustle with the second goal. He alongside Robben showed that they are one of the best attacking duos in the world.

Sub - Georginio Wijnaldum

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Sub - Georginio Wijnaldum

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He came in for de Guzman in the second half to give the Netherlands a more defensive approach. And the substitution paid off. While they lost the passing and technique of de Guzman, Wijnaldum ensured that Spain never got close again. 7 out of 10.

Sub - Jeremain Lens

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Sub - Jeremain Lens

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Jeremain Lens is regarded as one of the Netherlands' most explosive and promising players. His speed and dribbling ability today proved that he's one worth watching out for. He created a number of chances despite only playing a handful of minutes, and was unlucky not to score. 7.5 out of 10.

Sub - Joël Veltman

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Sub - Joël Veltman

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Joël Veltman came in for 10 minutes to make sure that the crowd erupted and applauded the magnificent performance of Arjen Robben. He won't be graded for having so little time.

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