The Netherlands avenged its loss to Spain in the 2010 World Cup final in grand fashion, laying a 5-1 thumping on the reigning champions at the Arena Fonte Nova on Friday to open up Group B play with maximum points.

Spain had taken the lead in the 27th minute thanks to Xabi Alonso's penalty, but Robin van Persie answered with a superb diving header in the 44th minute to send the two sides into the halftime interval level at a goal apiece.

The second half belonged to the Dutch as Louis van Gaal's men scored four unanswered goals to cruise to a momentous victory.

Arjen Robben put Holland in front in the 53rd minute before Stefan de Vrij extended the lead 11 minutes later.

Van Persie and Robben then capitalized on a pair of howlers from Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas in the 72nd and 80th minutes, respectively, to complete the rout.