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World Cup 2014: Spain Beaten By Netherlands, Then Savaged On Twitter (TWEETS, VIDEO)

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 13: Iker Casillas of Spain reacts after allowing the Netherlands fourth goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 13: Iker Casillas of Spain reacts after allowing the Netherlands fourth goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Spain appears unlikely to repeat as World Cup champions after a devastating showing in their Group B game against the Netherlands on Friday.

La Roja fell 5-1 to a Dutch team that powered forward on the strength of striker Robin van Persie, who might have scored the goal of the tournament when he put a diving header behind goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

The last time Spain surrendered five or more goals was when it fell 6-2 in a friendly against Scotland in 1963, writer Nate Silver tweeted.

That, and much more, provided fodder for mockery on social media of the team's disastrous performance.

Here's the quote of the game:

And here's what Twitter users had to say:

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