It wasn’t the best match of this World Cup or one of the greatest finals ever, but it was a fiery one, with two fantastic goalkeepers and one fantastic Andres Iniesta, who rose up to the occassion in the two most crucial games, scoring home the winner for Spain in the 116th minute, handing them their first ever World Cup trophy and complete a two year double along with their Euro trophy from 2008. Here are the best moments from last night -
Shades of WWE
Howard Webb pulled out 14 yellow cards, the most ever in a World Cup Final. One was issued here to Nigel De Jong after drop kicking Xabi Alonso. This should have been a red.
Not Their Night
Arjen Robben had two fantastic one on one chances with Casillas. The Spanish keeper came out on top twice. Robin Van Persie? He’d like to forget 2009-2010 and especially this World Cup, despite reaching the final. One goal in seven matches was way below expectations.
I Believe I can Fly
Iker Casillas had a fantastic match, and a great tournament, conceding only two goals in seven matches, shades of Italy in 2006. Puyol didn’t have the best of games last night, but that doesn’t change the fact he has a huge part in this historic Spanish side.
A Hero’s Touch
Andres Iniesta isn’t a prolific goal scorers, but he’s done it for Barcelona against Chelsea in the Champions League, and now for Spain on the biggest stage of all, the World Cup Final. Van der Vaart can only look.
Andres Iniesta celebrated his goal by pulling off his shirt and revealing the writing – Dani Jarque Siempre con nosotros, Meaning – Dani Jarque, always with us. Dani Jarque played for Espanyol and was a close friend of Iniesta. He died last year after suffering a heart attack at the age of 26.
It’s never too late to Argue
Joris Mathijsen, down 1-0 in the final minutes of extra time, had time to argue with Howard Webb about something. He got a card. Webb isn’t the most popular figure in Holland after yesterday, when he did seem to slightly favor the Spanish side on the 50-50 calls.
Never Let Go
When you win, a big one, and there’s nothing bigger than last night, you want to hold one to every moment and everything, forever.
For the First Time, World Champions
There are Losers, Too
Wesley Sneijder had a fantastic World Cup and almost completed a perfect year after winning the treble with Inter. Almost. To be so close to perfection and World Cup glory is nothing less than heartbreaking.