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Netherlands 0-1 Spain

Kuyt blames referee Webb for final loss

July 11, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Dirk Kuyt pointed the finger of blame for Netherlands' World Cup final defeat squarely at referee Howard Webb, after the English official booked eight Dutch players and sent off John Heitinga.

Howard Webb
GettyImagesHoward Webb waves away the Spanish players in the World Cup final.

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Andres Iniesta's extra-time goal handed Spain a first World Cup triumph, with the winning strike coming seven minutes after Heitinga was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.

In all, 14 yellow cards were issued - a record number for a World Cup final - and Kuyt believes that Webb was not favourable to his side at Soccer City.

"We are angry because we were so close. The referee was slightly more for them than for us. That ultimately cost us the cup."

Netherlands captain Giovani van Bronckhorst will now retire from professional football and while the left back did not want to end on a downbeat note, he is proud of his team's effort throughout the tournament.

"We were so close to being world champions, but it didn't work out that way," Van Bronckhorst said. "It is very disappointing.

"I am very proud of the team and everything we have achieved. We came far, we gave everything today."