Netherlands 0-1 (aet) Spain

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  • Saying goodbye

    Soccer City witnessed a spectacular closing ceremony prior to the World Cup final.

    Mandela delight

    Former South African president Nelson Mandela attended the closing ceremony in Johannesburg.

    Smart Maart

    Maarten Stekelenburg made a superb save to deny Sergio Ramos in the first half.

    Deadly Dirk

    Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt competes for the ball with Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid.

  • Webb of intrigue

    Howard Webb speaks with Sergio Ramos and Robin van Persie in a game that saw 14 bookings.


    Arjen Robben was denied by a superb save from Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

    Nasty Nigel

    Nigel de Jong was lucky to escape a red card for a strong challenge on Xabi Alonso.

    Making a Mark

    Mark van Bommel kicks the ball away from Andres Iniesta in a tight midfield battle.

  • Early bath

    John Heitinga was sent off in extra time after being shown a second yellow card.

    Jor joking

    Joris Mathijsen heads off target with Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas stranded.

    In the net

    Andres Iniesta scored the only goal of the game after 116 minutes.

    World of joy

    Andres Iniesta celebrates the crowning moment of his career so far.

  • Tribute paid

    Andres Iniesta dedicated his goal to the memory of former Espanyol defender Dani Jarque.

    Emotional embrace

    Iker Casillas embraces Sergio Busquets as Spain win the World Cup.

    Mad Mat

    Joris Mathijsen was furious with Howard Webb for failing to spot a foul in the build-up to the goal.

    Star striker

    David Villa leads the celebrations as Spain are crowned world champions.

  • Robben woe

    Arjen Robben reacts after the final whistle goes at Soccer City.

    Trophy time

    Spanish players celebrate with the World Cup trophy in Johannesburg.

    Photo finish

    Spain pose for celebratory photos as they enjoy their World Cup triumph

    Explosive stuff

    Fireworks explode over the stadium after the World Cup final between Netherlands and Spain.