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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Sports|Casillas Blame me for Netherlands thrashing

The Spain shot-stopper admits he was well below par as Louis 
van Gaal's side crushed the world champions 5-1 on Friday 

Iker Casillas believes he must shoulder 
much of the blame for Spain's humbling 5-1 
defeat to the Netherlands. 
Louis van Gaal's side recovered from falling 
behind to a first-half Xabi Alonso penalty, 
with Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie 
both scoring twice and Stefan De Vrij 
adding another to avenge the 1-0 defeat the Dutch suffered in the final of the 
2010 World Cup. 
Casillas, whose heavy touch allowed van Persie to nip in and score the Oranje's 
fourth goal on the night after he had earlier missed the cross for De Vrij's tap- 
in, acknowledged that he was below the standard expected of him and 
apologised to the Spain supporters. 
"It's time to be quiet, to reflect and think about the next match against Chile 
as a final," the 33-year-old was quoted as saying by Marca. 
"We apologise, and I am the first in line. Our fans must give out the criticism 
that comes to us and forget what happened soon. 

"I have not been up to par and I accept that. We have not been fortunate, 
starting with me. Now only we think about the next game. 
"I have to take the blame. All we could do is think about the next game when 
they scored the third goal and went further behind. I am mature enough to 
receive all criticism. We must sort ourselves out."La Roja boss Vicente Del 
Bosque, however, insisted that no one player should shoulder the burden of 
responsibility for the loss, especially not their goalkeeper. 
"When a team loses a match it's not just the performance of one single player, 
its a weakness in the total squad," the 63-year-old said. 
"We can't blame anyone, least of all Iker Casillas." 
Spain, who sit bottom of Group B after the first round of games, face Chile on 
June 18, who beat Australia 3-1 in their first match. 

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