Spain skipper Iker Casillas had a message for his countrymen after the title holders began their World Cup guard with a 5-1 misfortune: Sorry.
In a rematch of the 2010 last, Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben scored twice, and Stefan de Vrij once, for the Netherlands in Salvador, Brazil. Xabi Alonso had given Spain a 1-0 lead with an extra shot.
Casillas committed upwards of three errors as Spain let in the most objectives since 1963 and now confronts the likelihood of a first-adjust retreat. It needs to beat Chile and Australia to stand a possibility of advancing to the round of 16.
"The principal thing I need to say to the Spanish individuals is sad," Casillas said on leaving the locker room. "I wasn't adequate."
Spain, beginning with seven of the 11 players who beat the Netherlands 1-0 after additional time in the 2010 last in South Africa, had more ownership in the first half before breaking down in the second 45 minutes.