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article imageSpain captures first World Cup title

By Michael Bearak     Jul 11, 2010 in Sports
It took nearly two hours to finish and the two teams that played were knotted 0-0 until the 115th minute of play. Spain's Andrés Iniesta became the hero for a country now tasting its first World Cup win.
For all of regulation time, Spain and the Netherlands were tied at 0-0. Then, per finals rules, they had to play two-15 minute periods. After the first period the score was still 0-0, although Spain had been on the advance and had more shots on goal.
The game seemed to take a turn in the 109th minute when a red card was awarded to John Heitinga of the Netherlands, forcing the team to play with just 10 players.
Minutes later, as the Dutch team was trying to hang on to force penalty kicks, Spain's Andrés Iniesta cut through, blasting a strong right-footed kick from the right side of the goal around a Dutch defender and just out of the reach of the Netherlands' goaltender, Maarten Stekelenburg. The Spanish team encircled Iniesta celebrating the goal as he yanked his jersey off, drawing a yellow card of his own.
For Spain, years of disappointment came to an end as the team finally got its World Cup, just two years after winning the European Cup. On the other side of the field, the Dutch suffered another defeat, making the team's World Cup finals record 0-3.
The game was mostly dominated by Spain, as the team took 21 shots compared to 14 shots by the Dutch. Both teams had four shots on goal, but Spain controlled the ball maintaining possession for 63 percent of the game. The Netherlands pinned itself in a corner with 28 penalties, seven offsides, seven yellow cards, and one red card.
After the game, Spaniards filled the square in Barcelona, cheering for their country's team.
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