ON THIS DAY: Spain become World Champs on African Soil


On this day 10 years ago, Spain won their first ever FIFA World Cup when they defeated Netherlands during the 2010 Tournament which took place at Soccer City (FNB Stadium).

Andres Iniesta’s 116th-minute winner on a Sunday night, put La Roja into the record books, becoming the eighth nation to win the global finals.

The match had the most yellow cards awarded in a World Cup final, more than doubling the previous record for a final, set when Argentina and West Germany shared six cards in 1986.

Fourteen (14) yellow cards were awarded (nine for the Netherlands and five for Spain), and John Heitinga of the Netherlands was sent off for receiving a second yellow card in 109th minute.

Spain became the first European nation to win a World Cup hosted outside its home continent, all previous World Cups held outside Europe had been won by South American nations.

They are also the only national team since 1978 to win a World Cup after losing a game in the group stage.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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