“Viva España ” – Spain Wins 2010 World Cup games

After a month of really good soccer in the Republic of South Africa, the final game between Spain and the Netherlands was a special one.

Even before the game started it was special as  former South African president Nelson Mandela was driven onto the field on a golf cart. A smiling Mandela waved to the fans as the vuvuzelas buzzed throughout Soccer City.

Game Recap

Both teams have never won a world cup championship and both teams won games they were not supposed to. In this game however, there could be no ties. The game went into extra time and Spain midfielder Andrés Iniesta in the 116th minute took a pass from Cesc Fabregas and put a right-footed shot from 8 yards just past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg with about seven minutes left to play, including injury time to win the match 1-0 and take home the trophy.

This finals game was a very physical but very dirty game. The referee gave out a finals-record 14 yellow cards and the Dutch ultimately finished with 10 men.

Spain won its last four games by a score of 1-0, a tight margin that characterized the month-long tournament. The World Cup featured a record 31 one-goal decisions out of 64 matches,  four more than the previous high set in 2002, according to STATS LLC.

…This game went down to the wire and it was all about who wanted it more. Both teams had so many opportunities including the Netherlands Arjen Robben‘s attempt in the 62 minute. Robben had a break away and it was taken out by Spain goaltender Iker Casillas. In the end it was the smart play of Spain to not get themselves into too many yellow card situations like the Netherlands and get the key goal in extra time when needed. Spain is now the champions of the world when it comes to soccer and the whole country went bonkers after the game. They played really well especially in 1 goal wins. This was the first time that the finals was between two teams that never won and it made the game even more special. Well now that the games are over, fans have to wait another 4 years to see if Spain can repeat and if the USA can make it past the second round. We shall see…

Game Notes

•Spain is the eighth country to be crowned World Cup champion, winning its first title and becoming the first European country to win outside of Europe.

•Andres Iniesta scored his second goal of the tournament in the 116th minute, the latest game-winner in a final.

•The 14 total yellow cards are the most ever in a final, more than doubling the previous record of six set in 1986 (Argentina-Germany), and third-most in any game (cards began in 1970).

•Spain’s eight total goals scored are the fewest ever by a champion, three fewer than the previous mark.

•Spain is the first team since 1970 Brazil to win the title after winning all of its qualifiers.

•The Netherlands’ 10-game winning and 25-game unbeaten streaks were snapped, as the Dutch lost for the first time since September 2008.

•Spain controlled possession with 59.3 percent of the touches. That’s the highest total by a team in a World Cup final since the stat was first tracked in 1966. Spain controlled 60.9 percent of the touches in its seven World Cup matches, the only team ever to control over 60 percent for an entire World Cup.

•The Netherlands had its worst-ever passing day in a World Cup match — completing a paltry 69 percent of its passes. Since 1966, the Dutch had completed fewer than 75 percent of their passes just twice.

•The goals per game finished at 2.27, just ahead of the 2.21 at the 1990 World Cup, the lowest of all time. Goals per game in the knockout stage of this World Cup were 2.75, the best since 1998 (2.81).

Quote of the game : Vicente del Bosque

“This is immeasurable for Spain.” 

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