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Spain wins World Cup with Iniesta goal in extra-time

Reuters

Spain has won the football World Cup after beating the Netherlands 1-0 in the final at Soccer City in Johannesburg on Sunday. Andres Iniesta scored with four minutes of extra time to go.

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The victory makes Spain the first European team to win the Fifa World Cup outside of Europe.

The match was scrappy and violent with few convincing shots on goal. Referee Howard Webb produced 14 yellow cards, most dramatically when Dutch player Nigel de Jong kicked Xabi Alonso in the chest.

Holland received nine of the 14 bookings. Johnny Heitinga was sent off after 109 minutes when he received his second yellow card.

The goal came in the 116th minute. Fernando Torres crossed the ball into the box. Cesc Fabregas passed it on to Iniesta, who volleyed it past the goalkeeper. 

It is the third time Holland has lost in the World Cup final.

Former President Nelson Mandela made an appearance in the crowd.

German midfielder Thomas Mueller was awarded the Golden Boot award as top goal scorer and was also named best young player of the tournament.

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