Del Bosque dumbstruck by trouncing
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called on the humbled word champions to bounce back from their 5-1 thrashing at the hands of the Netherlands.
In a replay of the 2010 final, Del Bosque's side went ahead thanks to a dubious 26th-minute penalty before conceding five times without response as the superb Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben scored twice each.
Stefan de Vrij was responsible for the third goal as the Dutch ran riot over FIFA's top-ranked team.
Only once before had Spain conceded five times in a World Cup game, on Brazilian turf in 1950 in a 6-1 loss to the hosts. The Dutch mauling at Salvador's Fonte Nova arena was also the worst ever start for defending world champions.
"I can't find words to explain five goals," Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said. "We have never been a very defensive side but always coped well defending. Today we've been very weak.”
"At this point it's not time to point fingers of blame. We are all to blame" - Vincente del Bosque
The Netherlands may not now surrender top spot in the group but Del Bosque still wants to see a big response from the Spaniards in their second Group B clash against Chile.
"It's sport, we lost. It is necessary to accept defeat," he said after the game. "We must recognize our mistakes, but everyone fought for a better result.
"I am aware that it is a very delicate time for us. Together we have to try to solve it for the next match against Chile and look for the win."
Del Bosque also suggested that David Silva's missed chance moments before the Netherlands equalised - the Manchester City player went for an audacious chipped finish but was denied - was a pivotal moment.
"They played better in the second half, but we dominated in the first and went from possibly 2-0 possible with Silva to 1-1 immediately," he said.
However, he refused to blame one player, saying: "At this point it's not time to point fingers of blame. We are all to blame.”