Spain: Currently in the running to pick up their fourth international honour in as many attempts, La Furia Roja have a lot to lose this year. All eyes are on Vicente del Bosque’s side who seems to hold a winning formula, as they are favourites to retain the coveted trophy. Some say that Spain are in decline, but they will be targeting nothing less than the road to the final.
Netherlands: The Oranje are hurting from their loss in the final against Spain in the previous World Cup. The loss made them runners-up for the third time in the World Cup. They believed they could have won it had they planned better but they have come to Brazil with a positive mindset. Known as a side which is most divided amongst themselves, Louis van Gaal wants nothing less than a World Cup victory.
Total Matches Played: 10
Spain 5 wins, Netherlands 4 wins, 1 Draw
Spain: Iker Casillas, Cesar Azpilicueta, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba; Xavi Hernandez, Sergio Busquets, Xabi Alonso; David Silva, Diego Costa, Andres Iniesta
Netherlands: Jasper Cillessen, Bruno Martins Indi, Ron Vlaar, Stefan De Vrij; Daley Blind, Daryl Janmaat; Arjen Robben, Nigel De Jong, Jonathan De Guzman; Wesley Sneijder, Robin Van Persie