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

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

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It was an unforgettable night for both Spain and the world. The current World Cup champions started out well, even leading during the first half, but soon enough, Netherlands had them figured out. Spain's defense was taken advantage of and looked absolutely terrible. Here's a rundown of each Spanish player's performance.

GK - Iker Casillas

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GK - Iker Casillas

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Many wondered why the Spanish goalkeeper was starting considering he hardly plays for his club team, Real Madrid. Vicente del Bosque's gamble didn't pay off in the game. While he made a couple of saves, he looked shaky between the sticks. And that culminated in the third goal and fourth goal, where he made unforgivable mistakes. 3 out of 10 for Iker Casillas.

RB - Cesar Azpilicueta

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RB - Cesar Azpilicueta

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Spain absolutely suffered on the left wing whenever Daley Blind decided to attack. Azpilicueta was always out of position during those times, and the first two goals were a product of him being complacent in his coverage. 4 out of 10 for the Chelsea defender.

CB - Pique

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CB - Pique

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The Barcelona defender had a terrible night. Pique could never handle the speed and ability of Robin van Persie and Robben, and the score reflected that. With a player like Javi Martinez on the bench, one has to wonder if it's time for Pique to step aside for the good of the team. Being out of place and slow and making silly mistakes defined Pique's game. 3 out of 10 for Pique.

CB - Sergio Ramos

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CB - Sergio Ramos

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While he fared much better than Pique did, he still had troubles with van Persie and Robben. Of course, what defender in the world doesn't have problems with them? He used his speed to defend the opponents as well as he could, but he ended up falling short. Very, very short. 5 out of 10 for Sergio Ramos.

LB - Jordi Alba

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LB - Jordi Alba

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It should amaze that a defender as quick as Jordi Alba could never keep up with Arjen Robben. Alba was too small for van Persie, and whenever Daryl Janmaat followed up from behind, Alba struggled with him as well. Just like the entire Spanish defense, it was a tough night for Alba. 4 out of 10.

CM - Sergio Busquets

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CM - Sergio Busquets

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Sergio Busquests can feel lucky that he was subbed out before the Netherlands scored the last three goals. Before that, he was offering a good balance for the Spanish to lie back on. He covered his teammates well and showed his usual talented passing. 6 out of 10 for Busquets.

CM - Xavi

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CM - Xavi

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Xavi showed today that he's only a shell of his former self. And that's a reflection of the entire Spanish team. Perhaps four years ago, they would have kept their composure and come back to challenge. Xavi lost control of the ball and never regained it during the second half. 5 out of 10 for Xavi.

CM - Xabi Alonso

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CM - Xabi Alonso

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Xabi Alonso scored Spain's lone goal, so he'll rack up points for that. But his drop in play in the second half was a product of the whole of Spain looking bad. He was subbed out before the worst came for Spain. 6 out of 10 for Alonso.

RW - Iniesta

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RW - Iniesta

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Iniesta was perhaps Spain's best player throughout the match. He was guiding Spain throughout the first half, and did his best to get Spain out of the hole in the second half. But after the third goal, the team never rebounded. 6.5 out of 10 for Iniesta.

LW - David Silva

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LW - David Silva

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David's Silva first half was great. He created a number of chances, had the defenders on their toes and was connecting with Iniesta brilliantly. But much like the rest of Spain, his form fell in the second half. He was never able to regain the form and was subbed out. 6 out of 10 for Silva.

ST - Diego Costa

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ST - Diego Costa

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Diego Costa came in with big expectations based off his season with Atletico Madrid, but left having disappointed. Perhaps it was the loud boos every time he touched the ball, but he didn't look like himself. He held the ball well a couple of times and manufactured Spain's penalty, but his finishing was completely off today. 5.5 out of 10 for Diego Costa.

Sub - Fernando Torres

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Sub - Fernando Torres

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It's a bewilderment that del Bosque chose Fernando Torres over an in-form David Villa. The last play of the game where he foolishly looks to cut in on the defense rather than score an open goal sums up Spain's game. 4 out of 10 for Torres.

Sub - Pedro

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Sub - Pedro

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Pedro came in and actually showed signs of life unlike the rest of the team during the second half. Regardless of the effort, is still produced very little. 6 out of 10 for Pedro.

Sub - Cesc Fabregas

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Sub - Cesc Fabregas

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I'd be lying if I said I ever noticed Fabregas touch the ball. The substitution was also a mistake, as the game required a player with an ability to finish. 4 out of 10 for Fabregas.