The Dutch winger insisted revenge was not the motivation behind the Netherlands’ emphatic 5-1 win over Vicente Del Bosque’s side
By Mark Doyle in Salvador
Arjen Robben insists the Netherlands’ stunning 5-1 win over holders Spain in their World Cup opener does not constitute revenge for the 2010 final.
Robben scored twice in the Group B clash in Salvador as Louis van Gaal’s side made the perfect start to the tournament against the team that beat them after extra-time in the 2010 final in South Africa.
The Dutch winger was delighted with the emphatic victory but claimed it did not represent payback.
“We are happy. I’m very proud of my team, it’s such a young team,” Robben told SporTV in Brazil. “It’s only the group stage, so it’s not revenge.
“We haven’t won the cup, it’s not 2010. We have to keep our heads cool.”
Two goals each from Robben and Robin van Persie plus a header from Stefan de Vrij ensured the emphatic victory for the Netherlands after Xabi Alonso had put the holders ahead from the penalty spot.
“We should take advantage of this win,” Robben added. “Maybe it will give us a good boost of confidence but it’s just the start.
“We keep training well and working hard. We will prepare for our next game against Australia, that’s all we can do.”