The 2010 FIFA World Cup came to a close on Sunday when Spain defeated the Netherlands 1-0. Andres Iniesta delivered the game-winning goal in the 116th minute of extra time to give Spain their first World Cup title in the history of the tournament. The Netherlands was denied of that accomplishment in a final for the third time, matching Germanys record for most losses in the final.
The game was plagued by fouls and cards for both teams, but ultimately came into play in the 109th minute when John Heitinga of the Netherlands was ejected after receiving his second yellow card. Heitinga pulled down Iniesta close to the box after Iniesta appeared to have a clear path towards goal. The space left by Heitingas dismissal allowed Cesc Fabregas to intercept a poor clearance and distribute the ball for the game-winning goal.
Fans were shown celebrating the goal and victory in Madrid, Spain where they had gathered in the thousands to be apart of the countries historic moment. The World Cup may be finished but once again it has proved itself to be the stage on which countries displayed genuine national pride and passion. I must say that the United States run may have been shorter then I would have hoped and at times disappointing but it was also very fun to be apart of.
Preparations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil are underway.
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