World Cup Today, Day 1By admin, AP
Friday, June 11, 2010
World Cup Today
JOHANNESBURG — A look at Day 31 Sunday at the 2010 World Cup (all times EDT):
Spain 1, the Netherlands 0, extra time. Spain wins World Cup.
|GOAL OF THE DAY|
Andres Iniesta took a pass from Cesc Fabregas, who controlled the ball after a misplay by the Dutch defense, and sent an 8-yard shot off the far post and into the net with about seven minutes remaining in extra time, including injury time. The goal gave Spain its first World Cup, 1-0 over the Netherlands.
|STARS OF THE DAY|
Andres Iniesta, who scored Spain’s goal in the 1-0 victory over the Netherlands that gave it the World Cup, and captain Iker Casillas, who made several big saves, including twice on Arjen Robben when the Dutch forward broke free.
Spain won its first World Cup by beating the Netherlands 1-0. The Spaniards are the third team to hold the European Championship and World Cup titles at the same time, joining West Germany and France.
The Netherlands now has lost three finals and own the most World Cup victories without taking the title: 19.
This World Cup’s 31 games that were decided by one goal are the most in a single tournament. The next highest was 27 games in 2002.
“When I struck it, it just had to go in.” Spain’s Andres Iniesta after winning the World Cup with an 8-yard shot in extra time for a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands.
“You felt that the team that would score first would win. We made a real game out of it.” — Dutch coach Bert Van Marwijk.
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