The national football teams of the Netherlands and Spain will face each other for the thirteenth time on Wednesday. Of the previous twelve duels, the Orange won six, Spain was the strongest five times and the game ended undecided once.
Spain defeated the Netherlands more than ten years ago in the final of the world championship after extension with 1-0 by a goal from Andrés Iniesta. Four years later, both countries met again at the World Cup, then in the group stage. The Netherlands then won 5-1. Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben both scored twice.
The last meeting so far between the Netherlands and Spain was on March 31, 2015. Under the leadership of the then national coach Guus Hiddink, the Dutch team was 2-0 too strong in an exhibition match. Stefan de Vrij and Davy Klaassen scored the goals. Klaassen is now making his return to the Dutch national team after an absence of three years.
The current national coach Frank de Boer himself was twice accurate against Spain, in the exhibition games won in November 2000 (1-2) and March 2002 (1-0).