Published: Saturday June 14, 2014 MYT 4:07:01 AM
Updated: Saturday June 14, 2014 MYT 4:07:52 AM

Spain and Netherlands all square at halftime

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) - Dutch captain Robin van Persie scored a stunning diving header to peg back world champions Spain to 1-1 at halftime in their World Cup Group B match at the Fonte Nova arena on Friday.

In a repeat of the 2010 World Cup final, Spain took a 27th- minute lead through a Xabi Alonso penalty after Brazilian-born striker Diego Costa went down in the box under a challenge from Dutchman Stefan de Vrij.

Van Persie equalised brilliantly in the 44th minute, connecting with a long searching pass by left back Daley Blind.

(Reporting by Neil Maidment, editing by Ed Osmond)


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