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Jul 11, 2010 5:12 PM by Chris Welty

Spain Beats Netherlands 1-0 for World Cup

UPDATE: JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Spain rules the soccer world, winning the
World Cup at long, long last.
It came after an exhausting 1-0 victory in extra time over the
Netherlands on Sunday. Two years after winning the European title,
the stylish Spaniards did even better.
This was a physical test of attrition that sometimes turned
dirty - a finals-record 11 yellow cards were handed out and the
Dutch finished with 10 men. In the end, it was Andres Iniesta
breaking free 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 legions of orange-clad fans wearing
everything from jerseys to jumpsuits to clown gear to pajamas, it
was yet another crushing disappointment.
Their first World Cup title tantalizingly within reach, they
failed in the final for the third time. This one might have been
the most bitter because, unlike in 1974 and 1978, the Netherlands
was unbeaten not only in this tournament, but in qualifying for the
first World Cup staged in South Africa.
Soccer City was soaked in Oranje, from the seats painted in that
hue throughout the stadium to pretty much everyone seated in them.
Unlike when they lost to hosts West Germany and Argentina in
previous finals, the Dutch were something of a home team this time.
The Spaniards, though, were the winners.
They had pockets of supporters, too, to be sure, dressed in red
and scattered around the stadium. They might have been the
minority, but when the final whistle blew, they were tooting their
vuvuzelas loudest in tribute to their champions.
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Andres Iniesta scored late in extra time,
lifting Spain to a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands for its first
World Cup title.
Iniesta broke free inside the penalty area Sunday, took a pass
from Cesc Fabregas and put the ball just past the outstretched arms
of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

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