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Monday, July 12, 2010

Spain win the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Spain win World Cup, Andres Iniesta scores winner against Netherlands

By Andy Withers foxsports.com.au July 12, 2010
Spain have won the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa final, defeating Netherlands 1-0 with a wonderful goal from Andres Iniesta deep into extra-time.
The goal saw Spain become the eighth world champions of football and only the third team to hold the FIFA World Cup and the European championship at the same time, after 1974 champions West Germany and 1998 winners France.

The first first-time champions since France in 1998, they also became the first team to win the final after losing their opening match of the tournament, Spain having lost 1-0 against Switzerland.
"It's incredible," Iniesta said after the game.
"What a joy especially when you see how we won it. There aren't the words to describe what I am feeling.
"After my goal, I thought about my family and all the people who I love. But the victory is the fruit of a lot of work."
Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk was downhearted.
"The best team won," van Marwijk said. "I am disappointed. It is a world championship and we have just lost a final."
Netherlands striker Dirk Kuyt was slightly less humble in defeat.
"We are angry because we we were so close," Kuyt said before lamenting two controversial moments involving English referee Howard Webb.
"The referee was slightly more for them than for us. That ultimately cost us the cup."

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