It needed extra-time to eventually designate a winner between Netherlands and Spain, and it was finally La Roja which came out victorious thanks to a 116th minute strike by Iniesta to seal the win against 10-men Netherlands, with Heitinga sent off some minutes earlier in the extra-time period for a second yellow card. Spain’s first final in the world cup became one to remember for them, and also was a mini-feat in itself since they became the first team to lift cup after losing their opening game nearly one month ago. The Netherlands have only themselves to blame in the end, mostly Robben who failed to make the most of two glorious opportunities to score in the 90 minutes of normal time.
The match started rather fast paced in favor of the Spaniards, while the Oranje were more playing the Spanish players rather than the football as referee Webb booked players one after the other in the opening minutes itself, and some of them were lucky not to be sent off as early as the opening 15 minutes, may be Webb was aware that he was refereeing at a grand stage for this night and was avoiding controversies, but still he did misjudged some bookings as well as some fouls.
Although Spain were more in possession of the ball, the final third was not their domain it seemed as Dutch keeper Sketelenburg was not troubled as such, while at the other end Robben got clean through on goal with a one-on-one against Casillas, but while most of us may have thought it would be a goal, Robben failed to place his shot well, and the ball came off luckily against Casillas’ boot and out for a corner.
In the second half Ramos had a great chance for Spain but failed to power his header towards goal. From there on the chances became rare for either side as the game headed to extra-time, and eventually the breakthrough was made by Iniesta to seal the win for Spain.
Villa was not really in great form for this game as he was rarely seen in attack for La Roja, while for the Oranje Sneijder was barely heard throughout the match, except for a pass to Robben and a freekick straight at Casillas.
Finally a big THANK YOU to the South Africans for making this world cup special, although some minor incidents may have crept in, but the fans were up to the standards, and the organizations were really well done. And how can we forget the vuvuzelas, some will miss them (like me 😛 ) while am sure many will be relieved not to hear them anymore, unless some fans take them back to their respective countries to be blown soon for the league games.