Dutch play down revenge talk ahead of Spain tie in World Cup

first_imgSpain will take on Netherlands in what appears to be a rematch of 2010 World Cup final on SaturdayDon’t mention the final. On the eve of the crucial rematch of the World Cup championship game four years ago between the Netherlands and Spain, the Dutch were playing down any talk of seeking revenge for the agonizing 1-0 defeat in Johannesburg in 2010. “It’s history. It doesn’t matter any longer,” winger Arjen Robben said Thursday, a day before the two teams’ World Cup Group B opener at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. “I don’t believe in revenge – 2010 was a final, this is a group match. You can’t compare it. ” In a possible indication of the way the Netherlands will play Friday, coach Louis van Gaal defended the tough tackling four years ago that earned eight players a yellow card and one a sending off.last_img

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