RIO DE JANEIRO, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Following their 5-1 win over Spain in Salvador the Netherlands returned to the Rio de Janeiro training pitch on Saturday.
All 23 players entered the pitch, but the starting line-up of the opening match in Group B only did some athletic exercises for hardly half an hour. The other twelve players participated in shooting work and played a match against each other.
Daley Blind, who gave assists to the first goal by Robin van Persie, only did some cycling besides the pitch, while the other starters did some walking. After half an hour Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben, who just like Van Persie scored a brace against Spain, sat down and watched the reserves play.
Family and friends arrived in the hotel of the Dutch team on Saturday to give the squad some distraction. Van Persie enjoyed himself on the pitch with a ball and the players' kids, who were allowed to enter the field. It was a relaxed training day for the squad that humiliated the reigning world champions.