World Cup Finals: Spain beats the Netherlands 1-0, wins first championship title – Wichita Soccer
September 9, 2015
He should have been given a red card and ejected from the match.
The Netherlands’ strategy did push Spain out of their comfort zone. It is well deserved.”
Netherlands’ defender John Heitinga got a red card in the 19th minute of extra time and the Netherlands had to play a man down. Van Persie later earned the first yellow card in the 15th when he cut down Joan Capdevila. The much anticipated World Cup Final turned into a card fest that was marred by 14 yellow cards and one red card. Spain is the new World Cup champion.”/>
(AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
A yellow card was given to Nigel de Jong for cleating Xabi Alonso directly in the chest. But Spain eventually began to overcome in the second period, their attacks getting closer to a score and coming more often. It was a very intense match,” said Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque said. In winning the World Championship, Spain finally gets the monkey off their back, bringing joy and pride to their fans worldwide. It was a very intense battle, a very balanced, even, tight match. The Netherlands’ Rafael van der Vaart failed to clear Fernando Torres’ ball and Cesc Fabregas got the ball and pushed forward into the Netherlands’ penalty area, drawing five defenders on him. The Spanish team ended nearly 80 years of angst for a nation that has produced so many great players but, up until now, no championships. Iniesta’s winner came in the 116th minute during the extra time, narrowly avoiding a penalty kick shootout.
Spain, who is more widely recognized in their red jerseys, played in their blue jerseys during the championship against the Netherlands, who wore orange. Spain won each of its four knockout matches by a 1-0 score.
“Spain perservered through a pressing defense from Paraguay,they outplayed Germany and survived through the physical play from the Netherlands. Anything others tried, Spain was able to withstand and overcome,” said Wichita soccer fan Sean Surcoff. After the match, Spain changed into their red jerseys before receiving their championship trophy. Andres Iniesta scored the lone goal during extra time for Spain, who earned their first ever World Cup title. Spain is the new World Cup champion.” title=”Andres Iniesta holds up the World Cup trophy.
In a noticeably low scoring tournament, each team’s primary striker, David Villa for Spain and Robin van Persie for the Netherlands, were not really a factor in the final
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