AP PHOTOS: Who won the game? No poker faces here

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In this combination of Associated Press photos a Dutch fan, left, celebrates a goal scored by the Netherlands, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and, right, a Spanish soccer fan in Madrid watches on a giant display as the Netherlands defeat Spain during a World Cup soccer match Friday, June 13, 2014. (AP Photo)

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Who won the big World Cup soccer tilt between the Netherlands and defending champion Spain? You don't need to look further than the fans.

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal, one of the game's greatest, deployed a clinical display of counterattacking football that had Spain chasing shadows at the end as Oranje fans roared "Ole!" each time their team passed the ball.

All that added up to a 5-1 thrashing of the Spaniards.

Dejected fans of La Roja witnessed Spain's worst loss in the tournament since a 6-1 defeat to Brazil in 1950.

Here's a composite of fan reaction. Truly, the thrill of victory ... and the agony of defeat.


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