Spain threatened a few times in the early going and nearly took the lead
inside of five minutes from a free kick as Sergio Ramos turned a powerful
header on goal from the middle of the penalty area that Dutch goalkeeper
Martin Stekelenburg did well to parry.
David Villa then had a volley go close from a Xabi Alonso cross, while Arjen
Robben's low shot in first-half stoppage time needed to be pushed past the
post by Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
The two teams combined for five yellow cards in the opening 45 minutes, with
Dutch midfielder Nigel De Jong being a bit lucky to still be on the field
after he spiked Alonso in the chest midway through the half.