Spain and the Netherlands are squaring off in the Group B opener at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It is a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa and was a group that would have some interesting ramifications in the group this time around.
Spain got a lead midway through the first half on a questionable, not necessarily controversial call. Spanish striker Diego Costa went down rather easily in the box and was awarded a penalty, that Xabi Alonso stepped up to take from the spot. Alonso put it in the back of the net giving Spain the 1-0 lead.
They looked poised to take that lead into the half until Netherlands struck with a pretty remarkable Robin van Persie header. Daley Blind sent in a long cross into the box from the touchline near midfield, Van Persie got behind the defense remaining onside and was wide open in the box. The goalkeeper seemed to second guess whether to stay on his line or come out and challenge Van Persie.
His header lofted over the keeper and into the goal tying the game up in the 44th minute before the half.
A close up of Van Persie’s header: