Sunday, July 11, 2010
A Night in Pictures from Soccer City: Spain 1 - The Netherlands 0 AET
Xavi kisses the World Cup.
La Furia Roja of Spain won their first World Cup title in extra time to cap off a massively successful tournament for the South African organizers.
Third Time Not the Charm for the Dutch
The Netherlands lost a World Cup final for the third time (and second after extra time) to become the only country to hold that dubious honor. The Dutch had won six on the trot before tonight and should be complemented for their deep run in South Africa. Negative tactics, a defensive mindset along with too many fouls and yellow cards were no match for a side such as the Spanish. Arjen Robben had two clear chances to put his side ahead; however, it was evident that the Dutch had no intention to take the game to the Spanish.
Well done, Spain! Ole', Ole', Ole'! Viva España!
They became the only team in World Cup history to lose their first match and proceed to lift the trophy.
Iker Casillas raises the World Cup for Spain.
The view from inside the stadium as the fireworks
light the South African sky.
The long walk for the Oranje after the game.
Andres Iniesta scores on a half-volley in the 116th
Andres Iniesta celebrates and pays tribute to
a fallen comrade, Dani Jarque, who died last year.
Former Real Madrid teammates, Iker Casillas
and Arjen Robben.
The new champions show the first star on
their new shirts.
Howard Webb of England had a very busy night.
Iker Casillas makes an acrobatic save.
Spanish fans in Pamplona cheer on their team.
The true man-of-the match:
The Honorable Nelson Mandela and his wife,
Fabio Cannavaro of Italy presented the
World Cup trophy before the game.
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