50 greatest World Cup goals countdown: No.24 – Van Persie vs Spain

Robin Van Persie’s crowning moment for the Netherlands came in the 2014 World Cup.

It started when the ball was played out wide to Daley Blind on the left wing, with a neat first touch out of his feet being followed by a stunning long pass, sprayed with the outside of his boot in behind the high Spanish back line.

The flying Dutchman raced clear and leaped high, propelling himself to connect with a lofted through ball.

Sergio Ramos reacted too slowly and RVP managed to glance it towards the top right corner where it nestled neatly.

Iker Casillas was motionless and the celebration that ensued was also historic.

Van Persie sprinted back towards the half-way line where a joyous Louis Van Gaal was waiting.



The former Manchester United boss gave Van Persie a high-five in what was the beginning of a great win.

The Oranje stunned the defending champions 5-1 with Van Persie’s double going with Arjen Robben’s brace and a Stefan De Vrij goal.



The Netherlands would eventually succumb on penalties to Argentina in the semi-finals, though they would claim third place by thrashing the hosts Brazil 3-0 after their stunning 7-1 defeat to Germany.

Van Persie would finish the tournament on four goals, joint-third behind James Rodriguez in first on six goals and Thomas Muller, second, on five goals.

Now you’ve seen the squad, how far will England get?

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