Photo: Van Persie celebrates with coach van Gaal after scoring wonder goal (Getty Images)
The 5-1 hammering of the defending World Cup champions Spain, by the Netherlands yesterday is the stuff of dreams and Dutch captain Robin Van Persie is lost for words.
The Manchester United striker scored an incredible looping header to equalize for his team on the stroke of halftime before getting the fourth goal late in the second half. It was sweet revenge for the Dutch who were beaten 1-0 in the last World Cup final four years ago by Spain.
"This is incredible and inexplicable," Van Persie told Voetbal International. "For us, this is a dream come true and we have to enjoy it -- everyone in Holland must, too.”
"This is because of the coach. He has prepared us great and he predicted how the game would go. It's incredible, because it was exactly as he and the staff predicted for us."
Van Persie has scored some fantastic goals throughout his playing career but insisted the equalizer against Spain “must be the goal of my career.”
The Netherlands now lead their group on goal difference after Chile defeated Australia 3-1. They will next face the Aussies as they look to cement their place in the second round.