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Spain-Netherlands minute-by-minute
July 11th, 2010 2:27PM
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TAGS:  netherlands, spain, world cup


[WORLD CUP FINAL] Spain beat the Netherlands, 1-0, on Andres Iniesta's goal in the 116th minute to win the World Cup for the first time. The loss marked the third time the Dutch have fallen in the final. The game at Johannesburg's Soccer City featured 14 yellow cards -- more than double the previous record for a final -- and one red card ...

120 Yellow card: Xavi for delay of game.
117 Yellow card: Iniesta
for taking shirt off.
117 Yellow card: Mathijsen
for dissent.
116 Goal: Iniesta
takes a pass from Fabregas after van der Vaart fails to clear Fernando Torres' ball into the area, and Iniesta scores on side-volley from short range to give Spain 1-0 lead.
Yellow card: van der Wiel for foul on Iniesta.
110 Xavi shoots free kick over the bar.
109 Red card:
Heitinga for second yellow card.
109 Yellow card: Heitinga for taking down Xavi on the edge of the area.
Substitution: Spain -- Fernando Torres for Villa.
105 Substitution: Netherlands -- Braafheid for van Bronckhorst.
Fabregas breaks down the middle but shoots wide.
101 Navas
shot is deflected wide for a corner kick.
Substitution: Netherlands -- van der Vaart for de Jong.
98 Iniesta breaks into the area but van Bronckhorst takes the ball away.
95 Fabregas
' open shot is blocked by Stekelenburg.
Stats: The 2010 World Cup final is the sixth final to go to overtime after the finals in 1934, 1966, 1978, 1994 and 2006.

Second Half (45 minutes + 3):
87 Substitution: Spain -- Fabregas for Xabi Alonso.
84 Yellow card: Robben for dissent.
Robben breaks past Puyol but shoots weakly at Casillas.
77 Sergio Ramos
misses open header from four yards.
77 Villa
's shot is deflected wide by van der Wiel.
71 Substitution:
Netherlands -- Elia for Kuyt.
70 Villa
's shot on doorstep is tipped over goal by Heitinga's feet after Heitinga fails to clear Navas' cross.
67 Yellow card:
Capdevila for taking down van Persie.
62 Sneijder
feeds Robben, who is stopped by Casillas on breakaway.
60 Substitution:
Spain -- Navas for Pedro.
56 Yellow card:
  Heitinga for taking down Villa.
54 Yellow card: van Bronckhorst for taking down Sergio Ramos.
48 Capdevila misses open shot off corner flicked on by Sergio Ramos.

First Half (45 minutes + 2):
Stats: 20 fouls, 5 yellow cards, only 4 shots on goal in the first half.
45+1 Robben
shot headed to near post is pushed wide by Casillas.
38 Pedro
finds pocket of space but shoots wide from 25 yards.
Dutch corner into the area is mishit by both van Bommel and Mathijsen.
28 Yellow card:
de Jong for high challenge on Xabi Alonso. (The Dutch midfielder is lucky not to have been sent off.)
23 Yellow card:
Sergio Ramos for foul on Kuyt.
22 Yellow card
: Van Bommel for foul on Iniesta.
Casillas saves on long shot by Sneijder.
16 Yellow card: Puyol for foul on Robben.
Stats: Spain has 60 percent of the possession after 15 minutes.
15 Yellow card: Van Persie for foul on Capdevila.
12 Spain piles on the pressure but Villa volleys off side-netting.
8 Busquets turns ball over in his area but Kuyt shoots weakly.
5 Stekelenburg dives to save Sergio Ramos with powerful header.

Spain -- 1-Iker Casillas; 15-Sergio Ramos, 3-Gerard Pique, 5-Carles Puyol, 11-Joan Capdevila; 14-Xabi Alonso, 16-Sergio Busquets, 8-Xavi, 6-Andres Iniesta; 18-Pedro, 7-David Villa.
Netherlands -- 1-Maarten Stekelenburg; 2-Gregory van der Wiel, 3-John Heitinga, 4-Joris Mathijsen, 5-Giovanni van Bronckhorst; 7-Dirk Kuyt, 6-Mark van Bommel, 8-Nigel de Jong, 11-Arjen Robben, 10-Wesley Sneijder; 9-Robin van Persie.
Howard Webb (England).

  1. Zukisa Qonto
    commented on: July 11, 2010 at 5:40 p.m.
    Possession football was the winner tonight. A fitting cap for a Vincente. Congratulations to all those who've made this tournament a success. See you in Brazil in 2014
  1. Christopher Holden
    commented on: July 11, 2010 at 7:23 p.m.
    To day that Spain was the better team tonight was silly. I was not impressed by the Spain swan dives all night long. Yes there were a few very hard fouls by both sides that were not called, but Spain got the best of Howard Webb, and in the end a defensive sub error cost the Oranje the game. We were even surprised how well the Netherlands did with 10 men on the pitch. Spain certainly showed how to play a rugby style of soccer that works very well at that level, particularly in the defensive third of the field. I wanted to see Klaas-Jan Huntelaar out there but I suppose after all the crying Van Persie did the last time he was removed you wonder if that proved to be one of several game changing decisions by Bert van Marwijk that helped Spain win the game. I feel terrible for Robben ... he could have been the hero -- he played very well. I thought second yellow on Heitinga on the play on Xavi was the game changer right there. So many times the Spaniards were rolling on the ground after a slight touch, or in this case a complete miss ... what a shame that we did not see a shootout -- that would have been cool.
  1. Kerry Ogden
    commented on: July 11, 2010 at 9:44 p.m.
    I'm happy to see the BETTER TEAM "SPAIN" come out the winner. The Netherlands were lucky in several of the previous games to get through to the finals. Sorry to see CH doesn't recognize a true winner.
  1. Corey Zimmerman
    commented on: July 12, 2010 at 5:54 p.m.
    Mr Holden, I respect your opinion but whether you agree w/the espn commentators or not, to a man every one of them agreed that the Dutch fouls were way too aggressive, numerous, and often downright brutal. Even Ruud Guillet of Holland was embarrased by his countrymen. If you insist that Spain was merely diving all over the place then please do me a favor and re-watch the Holland/Brazil game. Robben put on the single most grotesque display of diving in this WC by far. And guess what, he was very effective in drawing numerous yellow cards on Brazil and baiting Melo into an ejection. Live by it die by it, I guess. Also, if Heitinga ejection was game changer then what was non red card for DeJong, who has now admitted he was surprised he didnt get a red card for his karate kick to the chest manuever. I'd say that was the game changer. An obvious red card on Dejong would have changed the game from the 1-0 OT win for Spain that it was, to an easy regulation time win for Spain.

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