Van Persie stunner helps Netherlands draw level with Spain at half-time

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Robin van Persie celebrates with Louis van Gaal after scoring.


Netherlands striker Robin van Persie headed a spectacular late equalizer to leave the Dutch drawing 1—1 with defending champion Spain at halftime in their World Cup opener on Friday.


Xabi Alonso converted a 27-minute penalty to give Spain a deserved 1—0 lead in the Group B game, a re-match of the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa.


Referee Nicola Rizzoli pointed to the spot after Stefan de Vrij brought down Diego Costa in the box and Alonso calmly stroked the ball low to Jasper Cillessen’s right.


As expected, Spain exerted most of the pressure at the Arena Fonte Nova.

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