16 Jun 2014

Spain's loss mourned

11:28 am on 16 June 2014

Spain is mourning the national football side's stunning loss to Netherlands in their World Cup opener with words such as "humiliation" and "nightmare" splashed across the front pages of newspapers.

Spain, one of the favourites to win the World Cup and defend their 2010 title, succumbed to a rampant Netherlands team in their heaviest World Cup defeat in over 60 years with a 5-1 demolition.

Spain's leading newspaper El Pais declared "Worse than the worst possible nightmare," while Madrid, which usually greets victories with blasting car horns and singing along the streets, went silent.

Spain's defeat in Salvador was also only their fourth competitive loss under coach Vicente del Bosque since he took over in 2008 and has triggered speculation of the team's possible premature return to home.

Some newspapers took consolation from the fact that Spain also lost their opening game at the 2010 World Cup to Switzerland but eventually went through as group winners.

Spain play Chile, who opened with a 3-0 win over Greece, in their next match on Thursday.