Spain have been crowned Champions of the World after an Andrés Iniesta goal in the 117th minute which secured the European country a first World Cup championship in their history.
The game started off with considerable amount of fouls and within 30th minutes, five yellow cards were handed out by British referee, Howard Webb.
However both sides mist some glorious chances and some outright shocking with the game in the middle till the dying moments.
Spain who started the tournament on a low after losing their opening group game against Switzerland only managed to concede two goals in the entire competition and both came in the group stage matches.
So it was no surprise that the Dutch had found it very difficult to exploit the Spanish defense with Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol making the backbone of the team.
Though Spain was very strong at the back, Holland’s Arjen Robben did miss a spectacular chance when he sprinted past the defense but was ultimately put off by Puyol.
The game in the second half continued like the first with yellow cards being handed to both teams for uncontrolled and sometimes controlled fouls.
But I am sure that Howard Webb must have fallen under the pressure of the players after making several mistakes especially towards the end of the game and in extra time after the 90 minutes finished 0-0.
Things got worse for Webb after a foul on Iniesta in the added extra time in the penalty area was not given and a blatent corner kick was not awarded to the Dutch.
Things started to look brighter for the Spanish after Johnny Heitinga received a second yellow for pulling Iniesta and was sent off on the 109th minute.
Spanish pressure increased after this moment and were finally rewarded on the 117th minute after a Torres cross was deflected to Arsenal’s Cesc Fàbregas who passed it to Iniesta who smashed the ball to the back of the net.
Though the goal looked to be offside, replays showed that the linesman was right on target and had made the correct decision.
Torres who came on as a sub was stretched off during the 119th or so minute after running to the ball and suddenly limping in what seemed to be a reoccurring injury.
When the final whistle blew, it was tears all around, the Spanish team notably Real Madrids Iker Casillas was literally crying like a child while several other Spanish players including Iniesta were crying with joy.
Iker Casillas was criticized for his performance against Switzerland after his TV presenter girlfriend had been seen very close to the goal line where the Spanish keeper was protesting goal line, so it must have been a huge relief for the player after conceding such little amount of goals and making some important saves against Holland.
In the other hand, the Dutch player, particularly Wesley Sneijder with tears falling from his eyers in disappointment.
It was a sight which anyone who saw would show a reaction unless you have a wooden heart or if you’re Spanish.
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