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Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Night in Pictures from Soccer City: Spain 1 - The Netherlands 0 AET

July 11, 2010 - Johannesburg, South Africa - epa02245562 Spain's Xavi kisses the World Cup Trophy after Spain defeated Netherlands 1-0 during the FIFA World Cup 2010 Final match between the Netherlands and Spain at the Soccer City stadium outside Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 July 2010.
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.

JOHANNESBURG, July 12, 2010 Players of Spain celebrate during the awarding ceremony after the 2010 FIFA football World Cup final match against the Netherlands on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. Spain won the final 1-0. (Xinhua/Wang Yuguo.
Iker Casillas raises the World Cup for Spain.

Fireworks explode at the conclusion of the 2010 World Cup final soccer match at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg July 11, 2010. Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0.       REUTERS/Oleg Popov (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)
The view from inside the stadium as the fireworks
light
the South African sky.

Netherlands' players walk down the stands after losing their 2010 World Cup final soccer match against Spain at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg July 11, 2010. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)
The long walk for the Oranje after the game.

July 11, 2010 - Johannesburg, South Africa - epa02245632 Spain's Andres Iniesta (R) scores the winning goal against Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg (L) during the FIFA 2010 World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at the Soccer City stadium outside Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 July 2010. At centre Dutch Rafael van der Vaart. Spain won 1-0 after extra time.
Andres Iniesta scores on a half-volley in the 116th
minute.


July 11, 2010 - Johannesburg, South Africa - epa02245492 Spain's Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the FIFA World Cup 2010 Final match between the Netherlands and Spain at the Soccer City stadium outside Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 July 2010.
Andres Iniesta celebrates and pays tribute to
a fallen comrade, Dani Jarque
, who died last year.

JOHANNESBURG, July 12, 2010 Spain's Iker Casillas (L) hugs Arjen Robben of the Netherlands after the World Cup final at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 11, 2010. Spain won the match 1-0. (Xinhua/Li Ga.
Former Real Madrid teammates, Iker Casillas
and Arjen Robben.


July 11, 2010 - South Africa - Football - Holland v Spain FIFA World Cup Final - South Africa 2010 - Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa - 11/7/10..Spain's Sergio Ramos, Carles Puyol, Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique celebrate after victory in the World Cup Final.
The new champions show the first star on
their new shirts.


July 11, 2010 - South Africa - Football - Holland v Spain FIFA World Cup Final - South Africa 2010 - Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa - 11/7/10..Holland's Giovanni Van Bronckhorst (L) is shown a yellow card as Mark Van Bommel (C) and Wesley Sneijder (R) remonstrate with referee Howard Webb.
Howard Webb of England had a very busy night.

July 11, 2010 - South Africa - Football - Holland v Spain FIFA World Cup Final - South Africa 2010 - Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa - 11/7/10..Spain's Iker Casillas (top) makes a save a collides with team mate Carles Puyol (L) as Holland's Robin van Persie looks on.
Iker Casillas makes an acrobatic save.

July 11, 2010 - Barcelona, Catalu  a, Espa  a - PAMPLONA (NAVARRA), 11/07/2010.- Spanish National soccer team supporters, cheer up their team at Plaza del Castillo in Pamplona, northern Spain, 11 July 2010, while they watch on a giant screen the South Africa 2010 World Cup final match between Spain and the Netherlands.
Spanish fans in Pamplona cheer on their team.

July 11, 2010 - Johannesburg, South Africa - epa02245275 Former South African president and nobel peace prize laureate Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel enter the stadium during the closing ceremony before the FIFA World Cup 2010 Final match between the Netherlands and Spain at the Soccer City stadium outside Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 July 2010.
The true man-of-the match:
The Honorable Nelson Mandela and his wife,
Graca Machel.


Fabio Cannavaro of Italy hands over the World Cup prior to the FIFA World Cup Final match at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on July 11, 2010. Spain defeated Holland 1-0. UPI/Chris Brunskill Photo via Newscom
Fabio Cannavaro of Italy presented the
World Cup
trophy before the game.

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