2010 World Cup in South Africa has come to an end, two teams have come to the final stage where just one will come victorious. Who can that be? Who will leave South Africa as the World Cup Champion? Find out all the Highlights, results, players and so much more plus check out the photos and video below.
On this night at Soccer City Stadium important personalities were present – Spain and Netherlands Royalties, models like Naomi Campbell who was also at the Open Ceremony, actors like Morgan Freeman who portrayed Nelson Mandela in the 2009 film “Invictus” and South African native Charlize Theron with her mother. The World Cup trophy was the first to show up before the players, carried by Fabio Cannavaro, captain of the Italian team who were the 2006 World Cup Champions.
A moment later the players stepped on the field followed by Sepp Blatter (President of FIFA) and Jacob Zuma (President of South Africa) who greeted every player. Soon the National Anthem of the Netherlands and Spain could be heard.
The game began, a foul on Ramos gave Spain their first free kick. Xavi Hernandez curls the ball to the box and Ramos heads it but Stekelenburg dove it to one side. Then it was Puyol who committed a foul on Robben, Sneijder was the one who threw a powerful kick that landed in Casillas arms.
The English referee Howard Webb should have given a red card to de Jong when he took a sever kick on Xabi Alonso. Two minutes were added on the injury time when Robben had the opportunity to send the ball on the corner of Iker Casillas’ box who guess where his former Real Madrid teammate was going to aim and dived it out the field.
The second half started and Netherlands might get in trouble they have now five of their players with yellow cards on this match after Webb yellow carded Bronckhorst and Heitinga. Netherlands found the opportunity to attack when the Spanish defense left the field clear, Robben saw the change and played one on one with Casillas who cleared the ball with his foot, Spain was breathing again the Dutch lost a major chance to score.
Spain’s new guy on the field Jesus Navas who got in for Pedro did a beautiful pass to Villa close to Stekelenburg’s box who was joined by two others who sent the ball and went out for a corner. This match is perhaps the game with more fouls and cards, and as the game was going until now it looked like we were going to have extra time.
The first 15 minutes in the extra time started and now both teams were not missing any opportunities first Spain saw the chance with Fabregas but the ball found Stekelenburg’s left leg. Van der Vaart came to replace De Jong.
On the second period of extra time Fernando Torres came off the bench replacing David Villa, a second foul committed by Heitinga got Netherlands left with 10 men on the field after he received his second yellow card and is sent off by Webb. Spain scored their winning goal by Iniesta on the 116th minute. Two minutes were added and Spain was just one step from celebrating their first title.
The whistle announced the end of the match and the birth of a new country claiming their reign as the 2010 World Cup Champions. Spanish Fans celebrated along with their players who were overjoyed with their victory and a captain Casillas who couldn’t hold his tears.
The ceremony where each player got their medal began by giving the referees their medals, then was the turn of the Dutch team, finally it was the turn for the new champions to receive their medals.
Check out the Players:
|1 Casillas||1 Stekelenburg|
|3 Pique||2 van der Wiel|
|5 Puyol||3 Heitinga|
|6 Iniesta||4 Mathijsen|
|7 Villa||5 van Bronckhorst|
|8 Xavi||6 van Bommel|
|11 capdevila||7 Kuyt|
|14 Alonso||8 de Jong|
|15 Ramos||9 van Persie|
|16 Sergio Busquets||10 Sneijder|
|18 Pedro||11 Robben|
|Coach: Vicente del Bosque||Coach: Bert Van Marwijk|
The time where the team received the trophy was up, Casillas received it from Sepp Blatter. Congratulations to the New 2010 World Cup Champions, Spain!!!!
Check out the photos and video Below.
Spain vs. Netherlands Highlights Video
Spain 2010 World Cup Champions Video
Photos: www.wenn.com/News Pictures.