World Cup Wednesday: Spain Win the World Cup

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Updated: March 12, 2014


‘World Cup Wednesday’ is a new feature to Let’s Talk Sport. With only 92 days to go until the opening match takes place in Brazil, the team will be looking back every Wednesday at classic matches, unforgettable scenes, memorable moments and speechless goal scoring. 

July 11th, 2010 was the 19th world cup final that was between European champions Spain and their fellow European country The Netherlands.

Both nations were competing to win the greatest competition in the world of football and yet both countries have never had their hands on the trophy before.

The Netherlands had come close twice in 1974 and 1978 finishing runner up in both tournaments as it was Spain’s first ever appearance in a world cup final.

Headlines in UK newspapers jokingly putting headlines like “England have won the world cup” were talking about English referee, Howard Webb being appointed as the man to take control of the 64th match.

The final took place at Soccer City in Johannesburg and it gave the audience an entertaining match warm up with Italy’s 2006 world cup captain, Fabio Cannavaro, walking onto the pitch with the gold plated trophy before former South Africa President, Nelson Mandela, was travelling around the stadium waving to his admirers.

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Mandela bringing excitement before kick-off – http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2010/7/11/1278880074058/Nelson-Mandela-and-his-wi-006.jpg

The sound of vuvuzelas were heard all around the stadium, you couldn’t avoid the noise throughout the last 4 weeks of the tournament.

Throughout the 90 minutes of one of the biggest games of the year, there wasn’t much that separated the two sides.

The orange had the best chance with their star Arjen Robben receiving a deadly through ball pass to go one on one with Spanish goal stopper, Iker Casillas, aiming low at goal but the legs of the goalkeeper spoilt the chances of the Dutch scoring for his country.

Howard Webb certainly had one of the toughest and physical matches he’ll always remember in his refereeing career with the most highlighted foul in the final involving Holland’s Nigel De Jong and Spain’s Xabi Alonso. Alonso jumped to head the ball with De Jong’s left foot catching Alonso’s chest leaving the Spaniard in agony.

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Ouch! That’s going to hurt in the morning. De Jong (left) & Alonso (right) – http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/48321000/jpg/_48321602_dejong_yellow_640.jpg

The match was still goalless when the game was going into extra time with a possibility of a nerve raking penalty shootout afterwards.

No one could break the deadlock throughout most of the 30 minutes of extra time until there was just a couple of minutes left on the clock. The man who was seen as ‘the quiet one’ in the final put the ball in the back of the net after 118 minutes of waiting.

Spain midfielder, Andres Iniesta, scored the world cup winning goal to award his nation their first world cup glory in the history of the national football team.

Substitute, Fernando Torres, made an attempted pass from the left wing across to Iniesta but poorly cleared away by Rafael Van Der Vaart leaving it to Cesc Fabregas to make a pass to Iniesta to drill home the winning goal past Maarten Stekelenburg.

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Golden glory: Iniesta wins the world cup for Spain – http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_nk7Xi8nUla0/TDpVWztfMiI/AAAAAAAAAqA/JmaCJPUh9-I/s1600/iniesta-ap-100711-584.jpg

Straight after the goal scored, Iniesta took his team shirt off and ran to the corner flag with nearly the whole squad running straight to the country’s footballing hero.

Casillas cried very emotionally with his hands covering his face filled with joyful tears knowing that he will be the player that will lift the trophy when the President of FIFA, Sepp Blatter and President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, present the golden trophy.

Robben knelled down in disappointment knowing that he should have finished the job when the opportunities were set.

Spain were on top of the world as they were European and now world champions.

This June/July will see the Spanish side defend for the world cup for the very first time in Brazil.

 

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