It was a rough and tumble game, with Spain collecting five yellow cards, but in the end it was Andres Iniesta‘s goal with four minutes of extra time remaining, that elevated Spain to its first World Cup title over the Netherland.
The win makes Spain only the third team to be both World and European champion at the same time. Named ‘Man of the Game’, and undoubtedly Spain’s newest hero — Andres Iniesta.
He celebrated his winning goal by removing his jersey to reveal a t-shirt with a message to his deceased team player Daniel Jarque, who died of a heart attack at age 26 last year. The shirt said “Dani Jarque always with us.”
Spain set several records: lowest scoring World Championship in World Cup history with just eight goals throughout; the first team from outside South America to win a World Cup held outside of Europe; the first team to win four straight World Cup matches 1-0; the World Champions with the fewest goalscorers throughout the tournament – three: David Villa, Andres Iniesta and Carles Puyol.
The lineup for Spain: Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Joan Capdevila, Sergio Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Pedro Rodriguez, and David Villa.
View more photos and the winning goal on video below: