Spain 1 Netherlands 5 player ratings: Who was better - Arjen Robben or Robin van Persie?


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Dutch maestros Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben inspired the Netherlands to a stunning, unthinkable 5-1 win over defending champions Spain in a thrilling encounter that will go down in World Cup history.

The Dutch avenged their defeat by the same opponents in the 2010 final in outrageous style, with four unanswered goals in an irresistible second half display in Salvador.

Van Persie and Robben scored two apiece, with each man's first a minor classic in its own right. Defender Stefan de Vrij scored his side's third.

But who was the man of the match in the shocking Salvador thrashing? Click through the gallery below to see the player ratings

The holders Spain will be looking to to get back to winning ways against Chile on Wednesday, while Netherlands take on Australia earlier in the evening.