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Spain vs. Netherlands: Spain is World Cup finals winner after 1-0 victory

Andres Iniesta scored 26 minutes into overtime to give Spain a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands and its first World Cup title.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  July 11, 2010; 5:27 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Netherlands , Spain  
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Howard Webb the only man on the pitch who had a decent day. Holland were disgraceful, Spain ineffective in the attack. Real yawner.

Posted by: JkR- | July 11, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Does Curious99 have a countdown to WC2014?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 11, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the Webb kudos. He did everything he could to keep every player on the pitch. They did not make that an easy game for him to ref.

Posted by: glfrazier | July 11, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Bogus PK call against the Freedom. Marta converts as McLeod is frozen.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 11, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

neither team deserved to win. what a cynical display. didn't make any new fans, that's for sure. i wish germany had won the cup...they were more deserving than either of these two sides.

Posted by: birdynumnum | July 11, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I agree that the Dutch were a little tough, but still - I'm pretty sure that after he took off his jersey, Iniesta's T shirt read "Valedictorian, Christiano Ronaldo Diving Academy".

Posted by: harkes4ever | July 11, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

birdy, I think you are right. Spain came out great, but in the end, they were just trying to get the call (like when Iniesta had a hand put on his shoulder for the red). He really disappeared for a large portion of the game. Navas was a great sub.

Nice of Iniesta to have to shoot for once -- I guess when you are 1-on-1 with the keeper, you can't pass. His goal was dedicated to Dani Jarque, of Espanyol, who had a heart attack last year.

There were plenty of goals for the taking today.

Nice cleat to the chest by De Jong. What a punk.

Campeones! Campeones!

Posted by: Reignking | July 11, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Forlan wins Golden Ball. Awesome for him. Eat it, EPL.

Posted by: Reignking | July 11, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and look at those fantasy games on fifa :)

Posted by: Reignking | July 11, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Never remembered to update the Fantasy after Round of 16. I was in 3rd too

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 11, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Good for Forlan.

Posted by: ldmay | July 11, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Gotta say, the WPS matchtracker is kinda sweet.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 11, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Glad Spain won. Same for Forlan. It was nice to see a team continue to play their style and not get caught up in the all the thuggery. (A certain amount has to happen to protect yourself when the other team plays like idiots.) Thanks for the World Cup section of the Post. Its the first place I look in the morning for information.

Posted by: mmsq | July 11, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Going down after a shoulder tug like that one will get the foul every single time, because it is a painfully obvious and cynical foul. That said, he had to make that foul, because otherwise Iniesta is running free from nineteen yards out.

Posted by: mason08 | July 11, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

It look like a shoulder tap to me.

Posted by: Reignking | July 11, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

2010 FINAL

Today is the final,
Two teams on the field.
The stadium is crying,
The world can not sleep.

Spain and the Dutch.
Who will win? Who will win?
Blood pressure is rising,
Let battle begin.

The fight will be brutal,
There will be no rest.
Alonso will welcome
A boot in the chest.

The fouls, the struggles
They never will end.
Players must weather
The pain. Do not bend.

The ref’s under pressure,
Mistakes can’t be made.
The price of an error
Is somebody’s fate.

The first ninety minutes
Elapsed. But you bet,
The fight will continue
It’s not over yet.

Spain is attacking.
One strike for the match?
Dutch, the goalkeeper
Unable to catch.

It’s goal! Is it goal?
Yes, yes. Yes it is!
The Dutch devastated,
Fans are downbeat.

Casillas is crying,
The captain in net.
Two earlier saves,
Spain won’t forget.

A few moments later
The whistle goes off.
1:0 is final,
Yes, yes that’s enough!

I’m watching the players,
I’m crying with them.
Their efforts completed
Magnificent game.

Now back to the cup.
To the podium span.
Dutch wearing silver,
Gold’s waiting for Spain.

And this is the moment.
The zenith of months.
Casillas is taking
The cup to above!

It’s craziness, madness.
They still can’t believe.
They’re champions, champions!
What a dream to achieve!

For these wonderful minutes
To the teams I salute.
This day Spain’s ahead
But only by foot.


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Original author and email must appear in all reproductions

Posted by: SP0_0 | July 11, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Checked my second favorite soccer scribe, George Vecsey, who remembered the PK's four years ago all too well and has a more positive outlook on today's match. He also thought Webb needed to call the match more tightly, which contrasts with Sir Goff. I suppose if there are complaints on both sides. . . .

On another note, the Times had a really interesting piece on Johan Cruyff, who touched down in D.C. about 30 years ago to play in RFK for a season or two. That part of his career was not mentioned in the story, which talks about his influence on both Dutch and Spanish soccer:

Posted by: paulkp | July 11, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Good for Forlan, the class of this Cup. Good for Spain, Holland lost me with DeJong's kung fu kick to Alonso, should have been a straight red.

Posted by: griffin1108 | July 11, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

So I think this leaves New Zealand as the only undefeated nation in the tournament, right? :)

Posted by: fallschurch1 | July 11, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

RK: That "shoulder tap" turned his torso before he fell.

Posted by: mason08 | July 11, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Agree that Webb did about as well as he could with all the argy-bargy. Perhaps I'm over-egging the pudding, but that was not a game that will be converting many casual US sports fans to soccer...

Posted by: edgeonyou | July 11, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

worse officiating ever overall & in the final game. fifa should be embarrassed! The final game was refereed by the same guy who was sent home during the european championship 2 years ago for questionable refereeing. he decided the game & ruined it. fifa get your act together.

Posted by: bearclear | July 11, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Disappointed in the quality of the Final match. I have been a student & fan of the Dutch Total Futbol since the 70's and The Netherlands were a disgrace tonight.

They will look back and regret not having tried to play the game and challenge Spain - what a wasted opportunity & the constant complaining. The referee was kind to not Red Card Kung Fu Dutchman in the 1st 30 minutes; how do you risk ejection like that at that stage of the game. CRAZY! So, so negative and I really didn't expect that approach.
Spain was the best team - a deserving champion.

Posted by: Zipfutbol | July 11, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

I guess diving and whining works in a World Cup final.

Posted by: dnice2k | July 11, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Ok, all is well that ends. Spain earned the win, the Dutch will be regarded as thugs for the next decade, The home of the beautiful game has switched hemispheres and now resides in Spain. Forlan is the new king.

I had hoped that a great World Cup would spark some interest in the MLS "game" here at home, but the gap in quality is an ocean wide.

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Posted by: cookienihui | July 12, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

I don't think De Jong meant to cleat the guy in the chest. I don't think he ever saw him he thought he was in space bring the ball down with his foot and never saw him until he cleated him. He should of used his head to get to the ball. It if was with intent then straight red, but I honestly think he lost track of his place on the field.

Posted by: restonhoops | July 12, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Spain's victory over the Netherlands leaves New Zealand as the only undefeated team at this World Cup. Strange but true.

Posted by: Brokenbil | July 12, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

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