Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal, one of the game's greatest, deployed a clinical display of counterattacking football that had Spain chasing shadows at the end as Oranje fans roared "Ole!" each time their team passed the ball.
All that added up to a 5-1 thrashing of the Spaniards.
Dejected fans of La Roja witnessed Spain's worst loss in the tournament since a 6-1 defeat to Brazil in 1950.
Here's a composite of fan reaction. Truly, the thrill of victory ... and the agony of defeat.