Jul 12, 2014 at 9pm UK at ​Estadio Nacional, Brasilia

Silva (2'), Fernandinho (54'), Oscar (68')
FT(HT: 0-2)
van Persie (3' pen.), Blind (17'), Wijnaldum (90')
Robben (9'), de Guzman (36')

Dirk Kuyt launches Robin van Persie defence

Robin van Persie of the Netherlands scores the teams first goal with a diving header in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014
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Netherlands midfielder Dirk Kuyt defends Robin van Persie against claims of sub-par performances in the elimination stages of the World Cup.

Dirk Kuyt has defended Netherlands captain Robin van Persie, whose performances in the knockout stage of the World Cup have come under scrutiny lately.

The Dutch media have singled out Van Persie for failing to produce his best form throughout the elimination rounds, with all three of his goals coming in the group stage.

"I think we were a genuine team and I can say that on behalf of several players," Kuyt told reporters. "This group had the best team spirit I've worked in in five tournaments and Van Persie was the leader.

"Robin was injured for two months and fought so hard to come back. The way he returned to the tournament was fantastic and he led the team."

Louis van Gaal's side face Brazil in a third-place playoff on Saturday night.

Dirk Kuyt of the Netherlands is challenged by Christian Bolanos of Costa Rica during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at Arena Fonte Nova on July 5, 2014
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