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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Spain Wins The Cup

For the first time in Spanish football history, Spain has won the FIFA World Cup in 2010, beating the Netherlands in a two-hour extra time battle, 1-0.

This was easily the best match of the Cup this year. Both teams played stout defense, quick and sharp offense, and had their fair shares of runs but also missed opportunities. 4 shots on goal each, 6 corners for the Dutch, 8 for La Roja. The refereeing seemed to be top notch today, and the game was kept under control. Netherlands received 8 yellows and a red card, with Spain receiving 5 yellows.

Dutch players Arjen Robben and Wesely Sneijder played incredible games, giving their all for their country. Robben nearly turned the match in the other direction when his one-on-one with Spanish keeper Iker Casillas was turned wide left in the second half. Their downfall was their loss of composure towards the end of extra time, which they had seemed to have plenty of the entire match. Tenacious defense against a strong attacking Spanish team for 118 minutes is nothing to be ashamed of. Excellently played.

Spain has numerous opportunities to score, including a couple headers by Sergio Ramos sent over the crossbar. It seemed that Andres Iniesta was afraid to use his left foot for a couple scoring chances, but in the end, got the ball on his right foot and blasted it off the right hand of Dutch keeper Maarten Stekelenburg and in the back corner of the net. David Villa had a few chances to score, but seemed to be extremely anxious, spoiling them in different directions. The Golden Boot runner-up did not factor in the final score, but is certainly happy with his team's finish.

For the Netherlands, this is their third Finals heartbreak, but should walk away with their heads held high. Two of the world's top five teams squared off in a match for the ages. Spain wins its first Cup in its country's history, 1-0. El Plaza de Colon is going to party like its 1999 tonight. Viva La Roja.

Until 2014 in Brazil... Go World.

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