Spain have been crowned World Cup champions with a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands in extra time.
This was Spain’s first World Cup Final, but they are reigning European Champions. Their previous best World Cup finish was fourth place in 1950.
Andres Iniesta fired home the winner when he was put through in the area by Cesc Fabregas.
Dutch keeper Maarten Stekelenburg dived to his right and got a hand to the ball he could not keep it out.
The defeat was heartbreaking for the Dutch, who were down to 10 men after John Heitinga was sent off in extra time. It was their third World Cup final loss after 1974 and 1978.
Netherlands pushed Uruguay aside with a 3-2 victory on Tuesday to reach their third World Cup final and set up an all-European clash with Spain or Germany.
Two goals in three minutes midway through the second half from Wesley Sneijder, his fifth of the tournament, and Arjen Robben gave Netherlands a 3-1 lead but Maximiliano Pereira gave them some nervous moments with a late goal in time added on.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst had given the Dutch an early lead with a long-range drive before Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan equalised just before halftime, also with a superb strike.
European champions Spain play Germany in Durban in the other semi-final on Wednesday with the winners playing Netherlands in Sunday’s World Cup final at Soccer City in Johannesburg.
It will be Europe’s 10th World Cup win in 19 finals but the first by a European side outside their own continent. The Dutch lost both their previous finals in 1974 and 1978 to West Germany and Argentina respectively.
We’ve made a PowerPoint presentation and a video to show you the wonderful 2010 FIFA World Cup semifinal between Netherlands and Uruguay. Enjoy!
Since the 2010 FIFA World Cup began on June 6, the field of nations competing for the coveted golden soccer ball trophy has narrowed to the “elite eight”: Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Ghana, Netherlands, Paraguay, Spain and Uruguay.
These 8 teams will fight for the qualifications to enter the semifinals, here is the list of the quarterfinal schedule:
Netherlands vs Brazil (Port Elizabeth) 4 p.m.
Uruguay vs Ghana (Soccer City) 8:30 p.m.
Argentina vs Germany (Cape Town) 4 p.m.
Paraguay vs Spain (Ellis Park) 8:30 p.m.
Let’s look forward to the wonderful matches of this great sports event.