The 19th Edition of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa has successfully come to an end with SPAIN lifting the trophy at the Soccer City Stadium beating the Netherlands by 1-0.

In a nail-biting, rough-and-tumble match that went into extra time tied, 0-0, it was Andres Iniesta breaking free in the penalty area, taking a pass from Cesc Fabregas and putting a right-footed shot from 8 yards just past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg with about seven minutes left to play, including injury time.

Even with their first World Cup title tantalizingly within reach, they failed in the final for the third time. This one might have been the most bitter because, unlike 1974 and 1978, the Netherlands was unbeaten not only in this tournament, but in qualifying for the first World Cup staged in South Africa

For years, Spain has been a disappointment in the biggest tournaments. Now, it has joined West Germany and France as the only nations to hold the world and European titles at the same time.


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