Spain sink Netherlands 1-0 to lift first-ever World Cup (5)

07:53, July 12, 2010      

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

Heitinga was off in the 109th minute when he got a second yellow for pulling back Iniesta. After two minutes, Gregory van der Wiel was yellow carded for a late lunge on Iniesta.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup ended after Spain were crowned. The Golden Ball Award went to Uruguay striker Diego Forlan who topped the prestigious poll of accredited media representatives ahead of the Netherlands' Sneijder and Spain hitman David Villa. The 31-year-old Forlan took the starring role in his country's heroic performance and deserved to the best player.

German young talent Thomas Muller got the Golden Boot with five goals and three assists. Thanks to no fewer than three assists, leaving him ahead of Spain marksman David Villa and Dutch hitman Sneijder, both of whom finished on five goals but with only one assist apiece.

Muller also became the Best Young Player of the tournament. The 20-year-old Bayern midfielder was rated as the biggest discovery of the World Cup.

The Golden Glove was no doubt belongs to Spain keeper and skipper Casillas whose superb saves saved his team many time in the final. The Real Madrid keeper has conceded just two goals at South Africa 2010.

Source: Xinhua

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