Spain sink Netherlands 1-0 to lift first-ever World Cup (3)

07:53, July 12, 2010      

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Andres Iniesta (Front) of Spain shoots to score during the 2010 FIFA football World Cup final match against the Netherlands on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. Spain won the final 1-0. (Xinhua/Yang Lei)

A great chance for the Netherlands came in the 62nd minute when Wesley Sneijder played Robben clean through, but Casillas stood tall to flick a leg out at his effort and turn it round the post. That could be a turning point in this match.

The Dutch made a narrow escape in the 70th minute when Jesus Navas' low cross was stumbled over by Heitinga and as Villa looked certain to score, the defender made amends with a last-ditch tackle.

What a miss in the 77th minute when Ramos had a free header from seven yards out, but nodded it over.

Casillas saved Spain again in the 83rd minute when Robben burst clear of Puyol to get to the ball but as he tried to skip round Casillas, the skipper grabbed hold of the ball.

Robben was booked for dissent after he complained that Puyol fouled him in that last episode.

In the extra time, Fabregas went clean through in the 95th minute when a sublime pass from Iniesta released him but Maarten Stekelenberg blocked his shot.

After one minute, there was a great chance for the Dutch as Casillas came for a corner and got stranded but Joris Mathijsen couldn't nod into an empty net.

Three minutes later, Fabregas released Iniesta, who was in two minds as to shoot or tee up Navas, in the end he did nothing and Van Bronckhorst made a timely challenge.

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