Spain beats Netherlands 1-0 to win the World Cup
Spain defeats Netherlands 1-0 to become the World Champion for the first time in its history. The final match was a clumsy game with too many fouls and physical play on both sides. Holland had their chances at least twice when Robben missed golden opportunities to score.
Overall, the game was a let-down, unlike the third place game which was far more entertaining.
For the third time, Holland has come close to winning the World Cup and has to settle for second place once again.
BTW, that infamous Octopus called it right, by predicting Spain to win.
Spain beats Netherlands 1-0 to win the World Cup
By BARRY WILNER
The Associated Press
JOHANNESBURG — Spain rules the soccer world, winning the World Cup at long, long last.
It came after an exhausting 1-0 victory in extra time over the Netherlands on Sunday. Two years after winning the European title, the stylish Spaniards did even better.
This was a physical test of attrition that sometimes turned dirty — a finals-record 11 yellow cards were handed out and the Dutch finished with 10 men. In the end, it was Andres Iniesta breaking free in the penalty area, taking a pass from Cesc Fabregas and putting a right-footed shot from 8 yards just past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.
For the Dutch and their legions of orange-clad fans wearing everything from jerseys to jumpsuits to clown gear to pajamas, it was yet another crushing disappointment.
Their first World Cup title tantalizingly within reach, they failed in the final for the third time. This one might have been the most bitter because, unlike in 1974 and 1978, the Netherlands was unbeaten not only in this tournament, but in qualifying for the first World Cup staged in South Africa.
Soccer City was soaked in Oranje, from the seats painted in that hue throughout the stadium to pretty much everyone seated in them. Unlike when they lost to hosts West Germany and Argentina in previous finals, the Dutch were something of a home team this time.
The Spaniards, though, were the winners.
They had pockets of supporters, too, to be sure, dressed in red and scattered around the stadium. They might have been the minority, but when the final whistle blew, they were tooting their vuvuzelas loudest in tribute to their champions.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Andres Iniesta scored late in extra time, lifting Spain to a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands for its first World Cup title.
Iniesta broke free inside the penalty area Sunday, took a pass from Cesc Fabregas and put the ball just past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.
World Cup Final: Netherlands Vs Spain
As they say, all good things come to an end, and today is the final day for the biggest sporting event on the planet. The World Cup will conclude today in South Africa with Netherlands facing Spain for the biggest honor in football. For both teams, a win would guarantee a historic first world cup trophy and an admission to the exclusive club of nations with that honor. Just 7 countries have won the world cup in its 80-year history.
Have your Say, Netherlands or Spain?
The 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Final promises to be quite an occasion, with the Netherlands pitting their wits against reigning European champions Spain. Both sides have produced some good football during their campaigns and have been rewarded with the chance to add their nation's names to the select list of former winners: Uruguay, Italy, Germany, Brazil, England, Argentina and France.
Netherlands-Spain, Final, Soccer City, Sunday 11 July, 20.30 (local time)
As a glance at the head-to-head record between the two nations shows, tipping a winner is no easy task. Both sides have won four of their nine meetings, with the other game ending in a draw. The Oranje have been here before, reaching the Finals at Germany 1974, with Johan Cruyff, and Argentina 1978, without him, and losing to the hosts on both occasions. For Spain, however, this is new territory, although their confidence at rising to the occasion will be high after ending a 44-year trophy drought at UEFA EURO 2008.
The Netherlands' record at South Africa 2010 could hardly be more impressive: six wins in six games with 12 goals scored and five conceded. For their part Vicente del Bosque's men have strung together five wins in a row after kicking off with a surprise defeat. But while the Spaniards have found goals hard to come by, scoring just seven in total, they have been far more miserly in defence, letting in just two so far. The winners will also end an old hoodoo, with no European side having ever won the biggest prize in world football outside the old continent.
Players to watch
Wesley Sneijder v David Villa
The leading goalscorers at South Africa 2010, alongside Diego Forlan, Miroslav Klose and Thomas Muller, this in-form pair are in the frame for both the adidas Golden Boot and the adidas Golden Ball. Their goals have been vital to their sides' respective runs to the Final. Can one of them end the tournament with a winner's medal and two coveted individual awards? All will soon be revealed.
8 - Sunday's game will be the eighth all-European Final. In 19 FIFA World Cup tournaments, Europe has been represented in 16 Finals, a record that includes an unbroken run of 14 going back to Switzerland 1954. Only two showpiece games have been all-South American, with the remaining nine pitching together sides from the competition's two dominant continents.
What they said
“I don’t see David Villa as Spain’s most dangerous player. The ones you really have to watch are Xavi [Hernandez] and [Andres] Iniesta. They’re the players who set the tempo and make sure the ball gets to Villa. We have to stop them from playing and getting free. We need to mark them very tightly because if we give them the slightest space we’ll have problems,”
Arjen Robben, Netherlands forward.
“I don’t think they’ll sit back and defend. They’ve got some quick players who are in terrific form right now. They’ll do what we do and stick to their style. I know Robben. He’s quick powerful and strong, and his shooting from outside the area is a concern for me. What we need to do is cut him off, although there’s more to the Netherlands than just Robben. They are powerful in defence and midfield, and [Wesley] Sneijder and [Dirk] Kuyt are just as dangerous,”
Iker Casillas, Spain goalkeeper and captain.
Voice of the fans
“The key battle will be between the Dutch defence and the Spanish midfield. La Furia Roja’s strength lies in their impeccable passing game, one that frustrates opponents. If [Mark] van Bommel and [Nigel] de Jong can interrupt Spain’s flow, the Netherlands will have a good chance of lifting the Trophy for the first time in their history,” FIFA.com user litowadowice (Singapore).
Have your say
Will it be the Dutch or the Spanish who add their name to the prestigious list of FIFA World Cup winners?
An All European Final for World Cup 2010.
Uruguay vs. Netherlands
Netherlands will take on Uruguay on Tuesday for the semi-final match that should have been Ghana Vs Netherlands.
Uruguay will play with out its star forward, part time goal keeper, Luis Suarez. He will miss out the semi-final following his infamous handball against Ghana on Friday.
Will the Dutch trash Uruguay?
Have Your Say.
David Villa does it again, leads Spain to Cup semis
Star scores off rebound in 83rd minute to beat Paraguay in quarterfinals
JOHANNESBURG - David Villa scored in the 83rd minute Saturday to give Spain a 1-0 win over Paraguay and its first-ever spot in the World Cup semifinals.
The ball fell to Villa in the area after Pedro Rodriguez hit the post and Villa took one touch before curling a shot in off the far post.
The striker’s tournament-high fifth goal sets up a semifinal against Germany in Durban on Wednesday.
Paraguay’s defense mostly kept Spain’s vaunted attack at bay, and each team couldn’t convert a penalty kick.
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas saved a 59th-minute penalty by Oscar Cardozo and Paraguay captain Justo Villar matched him on a retaken shot by Xabi Alonso two minutes later.