The exhausting soccer battle in Johannesburg, South Africa finally ended and World cup has a new champion. The Spaniards leaves the soccer city victorious. Finally, Spain rules the soccer world, winning the World Cup at long, long last. Spain beats Netherlands by precarious 1-0 victory on Sunday. Two years after winning the European title, the talented Spaniards did even better.
This was an exhausting and draining physical test of attrition that most of the times turned dirty – a finals-record 13 yellow cards were raised and the Dutch finished the game with 10 men. But in the end, it was Andres Iniesta get loose in the penalty area, taking a pass from Cesc Fabregas and putting a right-footed shot from 8 yards just past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.
For the Dutch and their throngs of orange-full-geared-clad fans wearing everything from jerseys to jumpsuits to clown gear to pajamas, it was yet another crushing disappointment.
Netherlands first World Cup title tantalizingly within reach but couldn’t finish strong, they failed in the final for the third time. But this one might have been the most heartbreaking because, unlike in 1974 and 1978, the Dutch was unbeaten not only in this tournament, but in qualifying for the first World Cup staged in South Africa.
The entire Soccer City was flooded with Orange, from the seats painted in that hue and al,ost through the entire stadium. Unlike in their previous finals where they lost to hosts West Germany and Argentina, the Dutch were something of a home team this time.
The young and very talented Andres Iniesta tore off his jersey after the goal and raced to the corner where he was mobbed by his teammates. Most of the Dutch players wiped away tears while receiving their medals as runners-up – yet again. They successfully won all qualifying match and all six previous games in South Africa before the bitter ending.
The thankful Spaniards rendered salutation to their supporters with arms raised high, then lifted their coach, Vicente Del Bosque, in the air in celebration.
The Spaniards Goalkeeper Iker Casillas, the captain, received the World Cup trophy from FIFA president Sepp Blatter, kissed it and raised it for all to see while cameras flashed and confetti flew throughout the still-full stadium.
After the furious battle, the entire team and staff packed at midfield for a group photo and celebrate their win. The players tirelessly bouncing while chanting the World Cup theme song, then took a victory lap as the trophy was passed to each member of the squad.