Spain became the eighth national team to win the World Cup, beating Holland 1-0 in what was, in my opinion, a very poor final.
Both teams came into the game playing some great football, but much of it was missing tonight, understandably due to nerves on both sides. Andres Iniesta’s goal, four minutes from the end of second half extra time, gave them victory. Holland had Johnny Heitinga sent off for a second bookable offence, and there were a total of thirteen yellow cards in total handed out by referee Howard Webb to both teams. Many who thought this final was going to be a classic were left disappointed. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by this.
Oh, well, it’s over… after sixty four games, it’s goodbye South Africa, and looking forward to Brazil in four years’ time. The withdrawal symptoms seem to be kicking in already.