The Netherlands rallied from a goal down to hand defending champion Spain a 5-1 mauling as Chile and Mexico also won at the 2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil.
Spain captain Iker Casillas had a message for his compatriots after the world champions started their World Cup defense with a 5-1 loss: Sorry.
Spain lost 2-0 to Chile yesterday to become the first World Cup title holder to be eliminated before its final group game. The Netherlands won to stay top of Group B and Croatia ousted 10-man Cameroon with a 4-0 rout.
Visions of a World Cup punctuated by protests and violence in Brazil are fading as the highest- scoring tournament in a half century wins over fans in the opening four days of matches.
"This is hard to explain and fantastic."
- Van Persie on Jun 13, 2014