JOHANNESBURG - You knew it was going to be a great game, and for those who made the trek to Soccer City Stadium Sunday night, got their money's worth for the finale of the 2010 World Cup.
People will argue it was a boring game and wasn't that good -- I DISAGREE!
It took 116 minutes for the first goal, but Spain's Iniesta scored after the Dutch thought he was offside....he wasn't. He threw his jersey off his back running around with it, and was given a yellow card for the celebration -- he didn't care!
The stadium went wild, and so did Madrid. Spain rules South Africa and finally reached the pinnacle of the sport, winning their first World Cup title, 1-0 over Holland. They became the eighth different country to hoist the World Cup trophy.
Spain won all four knock out games by the same score, 1-0. After losing the first game to Switzerland, Spain won six straight to be crowned the champions of the World Cup.
Germany's famous octopus, Paul, kept his winning streak intact, as he also selected Spain to win the final match of the World Cup.
Spain controlled the time of possession throughout the match and it showed with the amount of opportunities to strike on the net. Unfortunately for both squads, the net minders were excellent throughout the entire 120 minutes. Netherland's Maarten Stekelenburg and Spain's Iker Casillas are paid to keep the ball out of the net, and that is exactly what they did to make this game live up to the hype.
Unfortunately for Stekelenburg, his luck ran out with four minutes to go before penalty kicks.
Let's get to the chances for both teams, most of which came in the second frame. The first big chance for Holland came in the 62nd minute when Arjen Robben had a one-on-one breakaway but Casillas saved it with his foot.
Spain had a corner in the 77th minute and Sergio Ramos tried a header to give the Spaniards the lead, but it sailed high.
Robben was at it again in the 82nd minute with another one-on-one, but Casillas again robbed the Dutch winger of the game-winner.
After a scoreless 90 minutes, the game would be decided with two 15 minute periods of extra time. The first 15 went without a goal, despite plenty of opportunities by Spain.
The game got even more interesting in the 109th minute as John Heitinga pulled Iniesta down from behind at the top of the box for his second yellow card of the match. Spain was unable to score from their and the match remained tied, but the Dutch were now down a man for the final 10 minutes.
Six minutes later, Spain scored, exploding the stadium in Soccer City and all Spaniards around the globe.
For the next four years, Spain is the World Champion....until Brazil in 2014, when they defend their title!
The Golden Boot was awarded to Germany's Thomas Mueller after scoring five goals and adding three assists. Three others were also tied with five goals, but each had just one assist, giving Mueller the Boot.
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