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10.11.2010

Spain win the World Cup 2010

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Andres Iniesta scored the most important goal of his life, and his country reached the glory for the first time in history. There's no doubt that this game will never be forgotten in Spain. Del Bosque's team defeated the Netherlands in the Final of South Africa 2010 and lifted the Cup.

Iker Casillas not only saved two dangerous attacks from Arjen Robben. He also kissed the Cup, and his girlfriend Sara Carbonero, who tried to get an interview with the goalkeeper after the game.

And even though it was not a beautiful match, the excitement and happiness of a whole nation are completely well-grounded. Spain was by far the best team of the tournament, and had the best players as well. They never gave up their style, even in the toughest moments.

A new era in football begins with this result. Spain is no longer a "king without a crown". They are now the best team in the World.

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Semifinals: Carles Puyol scores and takes Spain to the final in South Africa

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Germany proved to be a serious team with enough talent to beat Spain. But at the Durban Stadium, the Germans betrayed their style and assumed the game with an extremely defensive strategy. Spain was patient enough to attack and attack until the goal finally happened.

Barcelona's defender Carles Puyol netted a long pass by Xavi Hernandez and helped Spain make history. It is the first time that the "Red Fury" reach this stage and a unique opportunity to reach the glory of football. Now Casillas and his teammates will have to battle the Netherlands in the most important game of their lives.

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Semifinals: Netherlands beat Uruguay and reach the final for the third time in history

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The first semifinal played at the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town was a really good match and delivered some of the best goals in the tournament. Indeed, Giovanni Van Bronckhorst's superb opener scored in the first half is a perfect example of it. In the end, the Orange team defeated Uruguay 3-2 but things were really equilibrated until the very last minute.

After the first goal, Diego Forlán netted the equalizer for the South American team. In the second half, Wesley Sneijder (70') and Arjen Robben (73') scored the winning goals. But Tabarez' side would not give up for their dream, and scored their last goal thanks to Maxi Pereira.

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10.10.2010

Quarterfinals: Germany was too much for Maradona's side

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Maradona was convinced that his team would win the Cup but his dream ended at the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town. Germany, with Klose and Müller commanding a powerful attack, crushed Argentina 4-0.

The goals were scored by Thomas Müller (3'), Miroslav Klose (68'), Arne Friedrich (74') and Klose again (89'). The South American team had Messi on the field but they were no rival for a solid German team.

Many newspapers in Argentina criticized that a team with players like Messi, Milito and Tevez should have reach at least the semifinals and the main reason for the fail was Maradona's lack of experience as a coach.

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Quarterfinals: Electrifying win of Uruguay over Ghana in penalty shootout

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People from Uruguay will never forget this victory. And the people from Ghana and in all Africa will not forget the pain of their defeat. The Soccer City Stadium held one of the most breathtaking games of all times. Uruguay beat Ghana 4-2 in penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in extended time.

Sulley Muntari socored the opener for Ghana, the only African team alive so far, but Diego Forlan netted the equalizer for Uruguay. And when it was all over, South American striker Luis Suarez touch the ball with the hand in his own area to keep it from entering the goal. It was a penalty and a red card for him, but it was not a goal for Ghana because Asamoah Gyan missed the shot in the very last minute of the game.

After that, the penalty shootout began. And in the end the glory was for Uruguay, who reach the semis after more than 40 years.

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Quarterfinals: Netherlands beat Brazil with Wesley Sneijder's double

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The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth was the scenario for one of the most expected games in the last ten years. Superfavorite Brazil needed to beat a really talented Netherlands to reach the semifinals, but just like in Germany, it was not possible for the "verde-amarela"to reach that stage. The orange playmaker Wesley Sneijder scored twice and lead his country one step closer to the glory.

Brazil was a solid team with a furious attack in the first minutes, and the effort lead them to score first. Robinho finished a brilliant move and netted the opener, but Netherlands were patient enough to recover the ball and control the game. And the second part was completely different: the orange side became stronger and ended winning the match.

A millionaire team with players like Kaka, Robinho, Luis Fabiano or Dani Alves, to name a few, is now out of South Africa, but they can have their revenge in 2014: The World Cup will be played in Brazil.

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