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.
Germany won the 2010 World Cup in South Africa playoff game for the third place against Uruguay 3:2 scoring the wining goal with only eight minutes of the match remaining.
Both sides wanted to finish the World Cup on a winning note and the first half of the match under a heavy rain in Port Elizabeth ended 1:1 after Germany’s Thomas Muller and Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani traded goals.
With ten minutes of the second half played Uruguay’s Diego Forlan scored another for his team, but the goal was shortly answered by Germany’s Marcell Jansen.
The teams seemed to finish the main time of the match at the 2:2 draw but Germany’s Sami Khedira netted the winner on the 82nd minute to earn his country fourth bronze of the World Cup series.
The 2010 World Cup winner will be determined on Sunday night between two European teams, Spain and the Netherlands, which both never previously won the world championship.
Although it is hard to shrink it down to 20, these moments are the most classical ones in the World Cup history.
Maradona, Pele and Cruyff are in our top 20 moments in World Cup History list:
- Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God”
- Diego Maradona solo goal
- Gordon Banks save against Pele
- Zinedine Zidane headbutts Marco Materazzi
- Johan Cruyff unveils the turn
- Pele’s goal
- Paul Gascoigne in tears
- Harald Schumacher vs. Patrick Battiston
- Americans upset England
- Marco Tardelli’s goal celebration
- Zico’s winning goal disallowed
- Diana Ross
- Bryan Robson scores 27 seconds in
- Josip Simunic gets three yellow cards in same game
- Rivaldo’s acting
- Kuwait’s Sheikh disallows goals
- Geoff Hurst’s goal
- Pak Do Ik’s goal
- Torsten Frings handball
- Ahn Jung-Hwan’s celebration