The Bard must have foreseen the results of the match on June 14th, otherwise why would he have written those famous lines that begin “O, what a fall was there, my countrymen?” Five to one, FIVE to ONE – it’s worth repeating the score since the likes of such a thrashing of a world champion has not happened ever before.
And the occasion was graced with possibly the goal of the World Cup 2014. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it Superman? No, it’s RVP going extra-terrestrial. Watch and admire:
For a time, it looked like someone had set the clock back, and the great Dennis Bergkamp was down on the field doing what he did best:
Usain Bolt, watch out – Robben can give you the run for your money any time he wants:
Is this the death of Spanish football – the team that’s the reigning World and European champions? After this thrashing, the others in the group must be champing at the bit – Casillas made a couple of spectacular howlers; Iniesta, Xavi and Alonso are showing signs of age: Torres looks like and probably is a has-been; on the single showing on Saturday night, Diego Costa doesn’t carry much venom; Pique and Ramos haven’t returned from holiday for all the impact they had on the game.
On this showing, Spain won’t scare Chile, who in their turn thrashed the Oz. Indeed, even the Socceroos would look forward to setting fire to the Spanish mane come June 23.
While this may sound premature (and Spain lost their opener in 2010, and went on to become champions), the scale of the disaster leads me to believe that the reign of Spain has ended in the rain in Salvador.