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Spain wins World Cup

Updated on July 11, 2010

spain wins world cup 2010

Spain has won the World Cup for the first time.

Andres Iniesta scored late in extra time to give the Spaniards a 1-0 win over the Netherlands in Sunday's final in Johannesburg.

Iniesta broke free inside the penalty area Sunday, took a pass from Cesc Fabregas and put the ball just past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg in the 116th minute.

Spain, the reigning European champion, was playing in the World Cup title match for the first time.

It's the third runner-up finish for the Dutch, who came into Sunday's final undefeated. The men in orange were reduced to 10 men in the 109th minute when John Heitinga was sent off from the foul-filled match.

Netherlands star Arjen Robben had a pair of breakaway chances in the second half. In the 62nd minute, he was sent in by Wesley Sneijder's pass, only to see his shot strike the boot of diving Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

In the 82nd minute, Robben blazed past defender Carles Puyol and again had only the keeper to beat, but Casillas came out to help smother the play.

More to come


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