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  • Date:11 Jul 2010
  • Kick-off:19:30
  • Venue:Soccer City
  • Attendance:84,490
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120:25 +0.25

Handball by Hernandez Xavi. Hernandez Xavi shown a yellow card. Maarten Stekelenburg restarts play with the free kick.

119:17

Unfair challenge on Andres Iniesta by Edson Braafheid results in a free kick. Garcia Sergio Ramos restarts play with the free kick.

117:57

Effort from long distance by Wesley Sneijder goes wide of the left-hand upright.

115:54

A goal is scored by Andres Iniesta from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Holland 0-1 Spain.Assist on the goal came from Francesc Fabregas. Joris Mathijsen goes into the referee's book. Andres Iniesta receives a yellow card.

113:46

Francesc Fabregas concedes a free kick for a foul on Eljero Elia. Shot on goal comes in from Wesley Sneijder from the free kick.

113:06

Gregory Van Der Wiel fouled by Fernando Torres, the ref awards a free kick. Maarten Stekelenburg restarts play with the free kick.

112:29

The assistant referee flags for offside against Arjen Robben. Free kick taken by Iker Casillas.

111:29

Gonzalez Jesus Navas produces a right-footed effort from long distance that goes harmlessly over the bar.

110:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andres Iniesta by Gregory Van Der Wiel. Gregory Van Der Wiel receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Hernandez Xavi, save by Maarten Stekelenburg.

108:38

Andres Iniesta fouled by Johnny Heitinga, the ref awards a free kick. The referee shows Johnny Heitinga a red card for second bookable offence. Hernandez Xavi produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

105:00

Fernando Torres comes on in place of David Villa.

104:21

Edson Braafheid is brought on as a substitute for Giovanni Van Bronckhorst.

103:21

Francesc Fabregas has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

102:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gonzalez Jesus Navas by Wesley Sneijder. Free kick taken by Gerard Pique.

101:16

David Villa is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Maarten Stekelenburg.

100:42

Outswinging corner taken by Hernandez Xavi.

100:17

Gonzalez Jesus Navas takes a shot. Blocked by Giovanni Van Bronckhorst.

98:46

(Holland) makes a substitution, with Rafael Van der Vaart coming on for Nigel De Jong.

97:38

The referee blows for offside against Arjen Robben. Gerard Pique restarts play with the free kick.

96:57

Corner from right by-line taken by Hernandez Xavi.

96:14

Mark Van Bommel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hernandez Xavi. Free kick taken by Hernandez Xavi.

95:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Garcia Sergio Ramos on Nigel De Jong. Nigel De Jong takes the free kick.

95:15

Corner taken by Wesley Sneijder, Joris Mathijsen produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.

94:42

Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Save made by Maarten Stekelenburg.

92:39 +2.39

Wesley Sneijder takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

92:26

Corner taken right-footed by Hernandez Xavi, Mark Van Bommel manages to make a clearance.

92:18 +2.18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Mark Van Bommel. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.

92:03

David Villa takes a shot. Blocked by Giovanni Van Bronckhorst.

89:02

The offside flag is raised against Robin van Persie. Iker Casillas takes the free kick.

87:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Villa by Mark Van Bommel. Andres Iniesta restarts play with the free kick.

85:52

Foul by Gerard Pique on Robin van Persie, free kick awarded. Francesc Fabregas comes on in place of Xabi Alonso. Wesley Sneijder restarts play with the free kick.

83:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gregory Van Der Wiel by Sergio Busquets. Arjen Robben is booked. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robin van Persie, Gerard Pique makes a clearance.

82:06

Andres Iniesta fouled by Arjen Robben, the ref awards a free kick. Andres Iniesta takes the free kick.

81:19

Arjen Robben challenges Andres Iniesta unfairly and gives away a free kick. Hernandez Xavi crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Mark Van Bommel manages to make a clearance.

79:22

The ball is sent over by Hernandez Xavi.

78:50

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Hernandez Xavi from the right by-line, Mark Van Bommel manages to make a clearance.

78:21

Andres Iniesta challenges Mark Van Bommel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.

76:23

Inswinging corner taken by Hernandez Xavi, Garcia Sergio Ramos produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

76:12

David Villa takes a shot. Gregory Van Der Wiel gets a block in.

75:15

David Villa produces a volleyed left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

74:34

Garcia Sergio Ramos fouled by Wesley Sneijder, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Garcia Sergio Ramos.

72:41

Johnny Heitinga gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andres Iniesta. David Villa has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

69:52

Arjen Robben is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Dirk Kuyt goes off and Eljero Elia comes on. Iker Casillas takes the free kick.

69:45

Joan Capdevila takes a shot. Save by Maarten Stekelenburg.

69:29

Inswinging corner taken by Hernandez Xavi from the left by-line.

69:02

David Villa takes a shot. Johnny Heitinga gets a block in.

68:03

The offside flag is raised against David Villa. Johnny Heitinga takes the free kick.

67:30

Andres Iniesta concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Van Bommel. Joris Mathijsen takes the free kick.

66:49

Dirk Kuyt concedes a free kick for a foul on Joan Capdevila. Free kick taken by Iker Casillas.

66:08

Joan Capdevila gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robin van Persie. The referee shows Joan Capdevila a yellow card. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Arjen Robben, clearance made by Gerard Pique.

64:56

Arjen Robben gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hernandez Xavi. Hernandez Xavi restarts play with the free kick.

62:00

Inswinging corner taken by Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

61:25

Arjen Robben takes a shot. Iker Casillas makes a save.

60:27

Header from deep inside the area by Robin van Persie goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

59:29

Unfair challenge on Arjen Robben by Xabi Alonso results in a free kick. Gonzalez Jesus Navas is brought on as a substitute for Rodriguez Pedro. Gregory Van Der Wiel takes the free kick.

59:01

Joan Capdevila delivers the ball, clearance by Joris Mathijsen.

58:38

Unfair challenge on David Villa by Joris Mathijsen results in a free kick. Hernandez Xavi restarts play with the free kick.

58:11

Johnny Heitinga is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Iker Casillas takes the free kick.

57:15

Unfair challenge on Wesley Sneijder by Andres Iniesta results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Arjen Robben.

56:20

Johnny Heitinga receives a yellow card.

53:11

Garcia Sergio Ramos fouled by Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, the ref awards a free kick. Giovanni Van Bronckhorst is shown a yellow card. Hernandez Xavi produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

51:20

Arjen Robben takes a shot. Save by Iker Casillas.

49:46

Sergio Busquets fouled by Dirk Kuyt, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Garcia Sergio Ramos.

46:48

Corner taken right-footed by Hernandez Xavi from the right by-line, Header by Carles Puyol from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

46:46 +1.46

Xabi Alonso gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong. Free kick taken by Giovanni Van Bronckhorst.

46:17 +1.17

The referee blows for offside against Dirk Kuyt. Indirect free kick taken by Iker Casillas.

45:56 +0.56

Corner taken left-footed by Arjen Robben from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Joan Capdevila.

45:38 +0.38

Arjen Robben takes a shot. Iker Casillas makes a save.

44:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Arjen Robben by Xabi Alonso. Free kick crossed by Wesley Sneijder.

43:13

Rodriguez Pedro challenges Mark Van Bommel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.

41:41

Foul by Wesley Sneijder on Sergio Busquets, free kick awarded. Xabi Alonso shoots direct from the free kick.

40:24

Foul by Giovanni Van Bronckhorst on Rodriguez Pedro, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Hernandez Xavi.

39:45

The referee blows for offside. Maarten Stekelenburg restarts play with the free kick.

38:35

Unfair challenge on Hernandez Xavi by Mark Van Bommel results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Hernandez Xavi, clearance by Joris Mathijsen.

37:20

Rodriguez Pedro has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

36:16

Short corner taken by Arjen Robben.

35:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sergio Busquets on Wesley Sneijder. Wesley Sneijder restarts play with the free kick.

33:25

Corner taken short by Robin van Persie.

32:04

Unfair challenge on Arjen Robben by Sergio Busquets results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.

31:11

Foul by Dirk Kuyt on Garcia Sergio Ramos, free kick awarded. Garcia Sergio Ramos takes the free kick.

27:43

Nigel De Jong concedes a free kick for a foul on Xabi Alonso. Nigel De Jong goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Gerard Pique.

26:46

Unfair challenge on Giovanni Van Bronckhorst by Rodriguez Pedro results in a free kick. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.

25:11

Wesley Sneijder challenges Sergio Busquets unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sergio Busquets restarts play with the free kick.

22:19

Garcia Sergio Ramos challenges Dirk Kuyt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Garcia Sergio Ramos goes into the referee's book. Wesley Sneijder crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Iker Casillas.

21:20

Mark Van Bommel concedes a free kick for a foul on Andres Iniesta. Mark Van Bommel goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Joan Capdevila.

20:47

The offside flag is raised against Robin van Persie. Iker Casillas takes the free kick.

20:07

Corner taken by Arjen Robben, Garcia Sergio Ramos manages to make a clearance.

18:00

The referee blows for offside against David Villa. Indirect free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.

15:58

Foul by Carles Puyol on Arjen Robben, free kick awarded. Carles Puyol booked. Wesley Sneijder produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Iker Casillas.

14:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joan Capdevila by Robin van Persie. Robin van Persie is booked. Free kick taken by Sergio Busquets.

13:10

Mark Van Bommel challenges Carles Puyol unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carles Puyol takes the free kick.

11:09

The ball is swung over by Xabi Alonso, David Villa produces a volleyed left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

10:55

Hernandez Xavi decides to take the corner short.

10:37

Garcia Sergio Ramos takes a shot. Johnny Heitinga gets a block in.

7:05

Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Iker Casillas makes a save.

5:12

The offside flag is raised against David Villa. Free kick taken by Maarten Stekelenburg.

3:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Garcia Sergio Ramos by Giovanni Van Bronckhorst. Hernandez Xavi crosses the ball, Garcia Sergio Ramos takes a shot. Save by Maarten Stekelenburg.

2:44

The assistant referee signals for offside against David Villa. Maarten Stekelenburg takes the free kick.

1:44

Wesley Sneijder concedes a free kick for a foul on Andres Iniesta. Free kick taken by Xabi Alonso.

0:48

Foul by Robin van Persie on Sergio Busquets, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Xabi Alonso.

The referee starts the match.

The players leave the pitch at half time.

The referee gets the second half started.

Normal time is of over and the game goes into extra time.

The referee blows to get the second half of extra time under way.

The referee signals the end of extra time.

Match Preview

Xavi calls for `killer touch' Xavi has admitted Spain need to find their killer touch if they are to win the World Cup tomorrow. Although the Euro 2008 winners have responded well to their setback in the opening game against Switzerland by reeling off five wins on the trot, the goals have largely dried up. Liverpool's Fernando Torres was axed for the semi-final win over Germany on Wednesday after failing to find the target at all in South Africa and three straight single-goal victories in the knockout phase do not hint at a team on top of their game. Yet Spain are still at their bewitching best outside the box, where Xavi and Andres Iniesta have been toying with a succession of opponents, their latest victims being the German side who had impressed so much earlier in the competition. But, as they prepare to face Holland at Soccer City, Xavi accepts Spain might have to do more. "It is clear we have not scored many goals," said the 30-year-old. "We are feeling very comfortable with the way we are playing, and we are creating plenty of opportunities. "Usually when you do that, you tend to get goals. "But we are not converting the chances to our normal percentage. "Let's see if we can lift that because it will be particularly important." Coach Vicente del Bosque gave nothing away about his intentions. Yet Torres' replacement, Barcelona youngster Pedro, did well enough in Durban for Del Bosque to stick with him at the Liverpool man's expense. It is going to be a tough call for the Spain coach, although the man most directly affected, five-goal front-man David Villa, is not concerned. "It would be a great honour to play with either of them," said the Barcelona-bound forward. "They are both spectacular players who would help me to do my work around the pitch. "But the beauty of our squad is that we have so many people like that. It is a pleasure to play with them all, so I will just leave it for the coach to decide." The dilemma over Torres and Pedro would appear to be Del Bosque's only selection poser, which means the best Cesc Fabregas can hope for is a spot on the bench alongside Pepe Reina. Although neither side has won a World Cup, history hangs heavier for Spain. In becoming the first side to lose their opening game but still win the trophy, they would be adding a pleasant footnote to their achievement, which would give hope to beaten teams in the future. Far more importantly, Spain would also become only the second side since West Germany in 1974 to win the World Cup straight after European Championship success, and only the third - France did it the other way round - to hold both titles at the same time. Holland coach Bert van Marwijk goes into the final already knowing what it is like to be a world champion. The Dutch coach won the world klaverjassen championship, a card game not unlike bridge, with his father back in 1973, the year before Johan Cruyff and co. showed the planet what 'Total Football' was all about by reaching their first World Cup final. Now Van Marwijk hopes to make history by collecting a rather more high-profile title when his side meet Spain at Soccer City with both nations bidding for their first World Cup triumph. "It was good fun," said Van Marwijk when reminded of his card skills before going on to put the match in perspective. "It's unbelievable, the most important match in my football life. It is quite something and this applies to all my players. No Dutch player has ever become world champion and that is extraordinary but we approach it as a special match." Van Marwijk has no injury problems with Wesley Sneijder and goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg both shrugging off minor problems. Van Marwijk insists they are ready and confident to take on a Spain side who were impressive in beating Germany 1-0 in the semi-final. Most importantly the Dutch, he said, must be brave in a match between teams with the desire to play attractive football. "They have to be themselves and have to have the courage to play football against Spain," said Van Marwijk. "They are two of the best teams and I emphasise the word 'team'. "We beat Brazil and Spain beat Germany. Spain have played more attractive football than we have but the teams have the intention to play in the same way. Both teams have their own style but they resemble each other. "I'm not going to tell you how I'm going to play. We just have to be ourselves."

Formation:4231Manager: Bert Van Marwijk

Holland

Formation: 4231Manager: Vicente Del Bosque

Spain

  • Maarten Stekelenburg
  • Gregory Van Der Wiel
  • Johnny Heitinga
  • Joris Mathijsen
  • Giovanni Van Bronckhorst
  • Mark Van Bommel
  • Nigel De Jong
  • Wesley Sneijder
  • Arjen Robben
  • Dirk Kuyt
  • Robin van Persie
  • SUBS
  • Michel Vorm
  • Khalid Boulahrouz
  • Andre Ooijer
  • Demy De Zeeuw
  • Edson Braafheid
  • Eljero Elia
  • Stijn Schaars
  • Ryan Babel
  • Ibrahim Afellay
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
  • Rafael Van der Vaart
  • Sander Boschker

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Match Report

Iniesta secures Spanish glory Andres Iniesta grabbed a late winner in extra-time as Spain won the World Cup for the first time. Iniesta struck with four minutes remaining to settle a tetchy encounter which saw English referee Howard Webb brandish a record 12 yellow cards, plus a red for Everton's John Heitinga on a night when Holland shamed the 'Total Football' for which they have been synonymous since the first of what is now three final defeats in 1974. Webb deserves a huge amount of credit for not setting a new record for red cards, let alone yellow, the first of which he showed to Robin van Persie in the 14th minute. Pretty soon combative midfield duo Mark van Bommel and Nigel de Jong joined him for challenges that could easily have ended their evening. The feeling that if the match had been played on a park pitch rather than being a showpiece occasion watched by an estimated three billion, one, or both, would have been sent off was inescapable. Van Bommel's challenge on Joan Capdevila was bad enough. De Jong's karate kick on Xabi Alonso was awful. That Wesley Sneijder was not even cautioned for a similarly woeful attempt at stopping Pedro could only be put down to either Webb being unsighted or the Dutch playmaker diverting attention by claiming to be injured himself. Spain were not complete innocents in all of this. But it was the European Champions who were feeling most aggrieved, which only intensified when Webb did not see a niggly second-half challenge from Van Bommel that sparked a reaction from Barcelona playmaker Iniesta. Vicente del Bosque was particularly annoyed, jabbing his finger at either Webb or Van Bommel, who were both in roughly the same area of the pitch. It made for such unsightly viewing and a final which did not even come close to matching its billing. In fairness any game that is preceded by an appearance from Nelson Mandela is going to struggle to live up to expectations. However, as the rather tasteless celebrations of Uruguay's Luis Suarez showed after his "real Hand of God" that denied Ghana a place in the semi-final, the ends justify the means. And that is exactly how Holland would have viewed it if Iker Casillas had not made a quite brilliant save to deny Arjen Robben after the former Chelsea star had been set free by Sneijder. Robben must have thought he had done everything right. Running at pace until he saw the whites of Casillas' eyes, he shaped to go one way, then placed his shot to the other corner. Casillas was committed in the other direction but stuck out a leg and turned the effort wide. It was by some distance the best opportunity of the regulation 90 minutes, although Sergio Ramos had a couple of decent openings himself, both headers, both from crosses from Xavi. On the first occasion, Maarten Stekelenburg flung himself to his right and made the save at a point early enough in proceedings that a goal could have changed the contest completely. By the time, unmarked, Ramos headed Xavi's corner over, Webb had become as much part of the occasion as the players. It was the only Englishman to survive beyond the last 16 that Robben ran to when he threatened to sprint through again, only to be denied by Casillas. But losing possession did not come before Carles Puyol had made a desperate grab for the Bayern Munich winger, who was convinced the Barcelona defender should have been sent off. On as a substitute, with a point to prove after mustering the grand total of 93 minutes prior to tonight, Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas twice came close to breaking the deadlock in extra-time, when Xavi also had a penalty claim turned down. But Spain were not to be denied. Fabregas slotted it through to Iniesta and after one touch to control it, his second was a crisp volley past Stekelenburg. The loss of Fernando Torres to a hamstring injury in stoppage time may have further consequences for Liverpool. But in Madrid and Barcelona that will not matter. In Amsterdam, only a shattered reputation remains now.

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