by Adam Apsan, Jr. Reporter
JOHANNESBURG: The final kick of the ball; the whistle sounds, and Spain wins its first World Cup final.
Amsterdam and in Barcelona, two of Europe's major cites came to a standstill as thousands of fans huddled around outdoor screens so that they could catch a glimpse of the World Cup final.
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It was Spain’s Andres Iniesta‘s goal that won the Champions of the World Cup 2010. Iniesta broke a scoreless tie in a very aggressive match in the 116th minute of extra time; a far cry from its first World Cup with Switzerland when Spain lost 1-0. It was the 3rd time the Dutch lost in the Finals.
Not since 1940 had Spain even reached 4th place and today it became the second nation to win a European World Cup title. West Germany won the world cup in 1974.
The game today was rough and the Netherlands moved aggressively with tackling, picking up 8 cautions. Spain only received 4 cautions.
"It was a hard-fought game, but we’ve got great players. We could have scored another goal or two. It was a well-deserved victory and a very happy day for me," said Spain coach Vicente del Bosque.
The Netherlands played a very rough game and was booked nine times. It seemed that Netherlands strategy was to ruin Spain’s attack, by fouling over and over and they almost succeeded in grabbing a win several times. But these antics were not enough to stop the extreme coordination of the Spanish team.
Spain also messed up its share of opportunities but finally with a penalty kick, it put the ball squarely in the net.
Now that Spain has won its first World Cup, the minds of Soccer enthusiasts is turning to the 2014 World Cup, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Spain won the World Cup in one of the most football-crazed nation in the world, but in 2014, they will face Brazil, who is considered by many the outright favorite to win.
As they say “time flies.” See you in 2014.