Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas reacts after Netherlands' forward Arjen Robben (not seen) scored his team's fifth goal during a Group B football match between Spain and the Netherlands at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 13, 2014.


La Roja started their title defence on the back of four straight clean sheets at the last World Cup in 2010 and three more in recent friendlies.

Iker Casillas is Spain's most-capped player with 155 appearances. But having just played two La Liga matches for Real Madrid this season, should someone who is not even first-choice for his club start for his country?

Early on against the Dutch, Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos hinted at what was to come when they were caught flat-footed.

The defensive duo completely misread Daley Blind's two killer crosses to allow Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben to beat Casillas, who later flapped at a free-kick and fumbled a back pass to let in another two.

Pique and Ramos showed during the second half they would suffer against pace and this is the most worrying department for coach Vicente del Bosque.


For 40 minutes, Spain looked like they were going to pass their way to another 1-0 victory.

Tiki-taka worked wonders in 2010 and 2012, but football in 2014 is all about a cutting edge and speed on the counter attack.

Think Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robben. Spain have no such player.

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