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THERE IT IS! ALL OVER AT SOCCER CITY! AND SPAIN ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS! In the most dramatic of fashions, Vicente del Bosque's side add the World Cup to their European crown!
Torres pulls up with his hamstring! Oh no! Disaster for the Liverpool man! Looks like it's gone again!
Xavi kicks the ball away and gets booked... lost count now....
The Dutch are furious, even though it was never offside... Mathijsen is booked for arguing... Iniesta too, for his celebrations...
GOAL! GOAL! INIESTA PUTS SPAIN INTO THE LEAD AND ON THE VERGE OF WORLD CUP GLORY! Iniesta is played in by Fabregas and the Barcelona man finishes brilliantly!
Van der Wiel is the next to go into the book, for a trip on Iniesta...
HEITINGA IS SENT OFF! He pulls back Iniesta as the Spain man looked to get onto Xavi's through pass... Netherlands down to 10 for the final 10 minutes!
Here we go.... back underway at Soccer City!
Spain make a change at the break... Villa for Torres... what can he do now?
There goes the whistle! Just 15 minutes of the World Cup final remaining... still no goals.
Time for a Dutch change... Van Bronckhorst is taken off and Braafheid comes on.
Ooh! Another chance for Spain! Navas fires an early shot off which deflects off Van Bronckhorst and into the side netting!
Netherlands make a change... Van der Vaart comes on for De Jong... the Dutch are going for it!
Oooh! Mathijsen heads over the bar from a corner at the other end! It's really opening up now!
FABREGAS! Chance to break the deadlock as he's played in on goal by Iniesta! But Stekelenburg makes a cracking save!
Fabregas is bowled over in the box... then Xavi goes over as he is about to shoot! Penalty shout! But Webb says no deal!
Back underway at Soccer City!
There it is! All over in Johannesburg and the World Cup final is going to extra-time!
Here is that change... Alonso off, Fabregas on.
Robben is angry at that decision... and Webb has enough of his protests and books him.
Robben again hares off towards goal after Van Persie's flick on! He holds off Puyol but Casillas makes the save at his feet! Robben feels he should have a penalty but Webb doesn't agree!
Lovely stuff by Iniesta... great turn and he's off into the box! But Sneijder does well to track back and make a crucial challenge! Image: Spanish fans watch the final
RAMOS! Oh dear, what a miss! It's a free header from the corner... he has to score! But he sends it over the bar! One gilt-edged chance each now...
Kuyt's number is up... he is replaced by Elia...
VILLA! MUST BE! NO! How does that not end up in the back of the net?! Navas skins Van Bronckhorst before firing across the face of goal... Heitinga makes a mess of it and it falls to Villa at the back stick! But Heitinga recovers to make a crucial block and the ball loops up over the bar!
Van Persie is away here... but he's tripped at the last by Capdevila, who picks up a caution...
ROBBEN'S THROUGH ON GOAL! MUST BE! Sneijder plays him clean through on goal! No! Casillas sticks out a leg and the Dutch are denied! That has to go down as a bad miss...
Here comes the first change of the night... Pedro is brought off... and Jesus Navas comes on. Still no Torres...
Villa hits the deck under a strong challenge by Heitinga... and the Everton man goes into the book.
Ramos wins a free-kick as Van Bronckhorst blocks off his run... and the Dutch skipper is booked.
Puyol rises to meet the corner, semi-final-style! But he doesn't get great contact on the ball... still it falls to Capdevila at the back stick! But he fluffs his lines and mis-kicks completely!
Back underway at Soccer City!
There goes the half-time whistle... and it's goalless at the break in the World Cup final!
ROBBEN! Ooh! He comes inside Capdevila and fires on target! Casillas is forced into saving low to his left!
Sneijder takes it.... it goes to the edge of the box to Van Bommel who fires into the mixer.... it comes to Mathijsen! But the defender swings and misses! Pretty embarassing for him....
Ooh! What's Casillas doing? As the ball is played back to him - sportingly by the Dutch - he misjudges it and the ball bounces up over him! He gets a slight touch on it and the ball goes wide of his post for a corner! Bizarre!
Oh dear, that's another awful challenge, this time by De Jong who karate kicks Alonso in the chest! He could be off here... no, Webb brandishes a fifth yellow... and the Manchester City man can count himself lucky still to be on the pitch!
Kuyt looks to be tripped by Ramos as he threatens to hare away down the Dutch left... yellow for Ramos - the fourth of the game so far, although none can be debated.
There it is! A booking for Van Bommel! And fully deserved, for a terrible challenge from behind on Iniesta...
Puyol goes in on Robben from behind... and Howard Webb produces the second card of the evening... Free-kick to Netherlands... Sneijder over it.... Image: Webb books Puyol
Van Persie clatters into Capdevila... and that will be the first yellow card of the night.
VILLA! Oooh! The diminutive striker lashes a back post volley into the side netting! Spain well on top so far....
Great stuff from Spain... Ramos tricks his way past Kuyt before letting fly! But his effort from a tight angle is going wide... Heitings puts behind for a corner anyway! Image: Ramos rues the missed chance
Oooh! Xavi delivers a great free-kick into the box where Ramos plants a diving header on target! Stekelenburg seems to see it late but he recovers to make a tremendous save! So near to the opener!
Here we go! Underway at Soccer City! The World Cup final is finally upon us!
Spain: 1-Iker Casillas; 15-Sergio Ramos, 3-Gerard Pique, 5-Carles Puyol, 11-Joan Capdevila; 14-Xabi Alonso, 8-Xavi, 6-Andres Iniesta, 16-Sergio Busquets; 18-Pedro, 7-David Villa.
The teams are in... Netherlands: 1-Maarten Stekelenburg; 2-Gregory van der Wiel, 3-John Heitinga, 4-Joris Mathijsen, 5-Giovanni van Bronckhorst; 7-Dirk Kuyt, 6-Mark van Bommel, 10-Wesley Sneijder, 8-Nigel de Jong, 11-Arjen Robben; 9-Robin van Persie.
Former Football League chairman Lord Mawhinney has urged Fabio Capello to retire several of England's ageing players following the disappointing World Cup campaign. "I think Fabio should be encouraged to recognise that a number of the present team are going to be past their peak by the European Championships in 2012," Mawhinney told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme.
World Cup star Mesut Ozil has pledged his future to Werder Bremen despite being linked to a big money move to a top European club. "Bremen want me to fulfil the contract and so do I," the German told Bild. "I have always said that I want to fulfil my contract, that is important to me."
In case you missed our lead story on Nelson Mandela, here it is again for you. Mandela 'pressured' to attend final
FIFA president Sepp Blatter jumped to the defence of the 2010 World Cup after criticism about empty seats and poor refereeing standards. Full story
The grandson of Nelson Mandela has claimed FIFA have put "extreme pressure" on the former South African president to attend tonight's World Cup final. Full story
A new champion will be crowned tonight and Bert van Marwijk, Xavi and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger look ahead to the final in his video.
Spain may be European champions but keeper Iker Casillas admits La Furia Roja have been suffering from nerves in South Africa: "We've felt a bit anxious all the way through the tournament, even the early matches," said the Real Madrid stopper. "This is a very important match - the most important of our careers - and we do feel nervous."
Good morning - happy World Cup final day! This is what we have been building up to over the past five weeks or, in fact, since Italy lifted the trophy four years ago. No azzurri tonight though, it's Holland v Spain and we will be bringing you all the build-up throughout the day.
ALL OVER! Forlan hits the bar and the ball bounces over. Germany finish third.
Ozil is replaced by Tasci for Germany.
Kiebling blasts over after a lovely sweeping move by Germany. Should have buried that.
GOAL FOR GERMANY! Khedira heads into the net from close range after a frantic scramble in the box.
Kroos replaces Jansen for Germany.
Perez is replaced by Gargano.
Great turn by Kiebling in the box, but Muslera blocks his effort.
Stefan Kiebling replaces Cacau for Germany.
Forlan has a chance, but Butt blocks. Decent stop.
Suarez shot dips from distance, but Butt got his body behind that.
Perez booked for a late nibble on Schweinsteiger.
Cacau fed Ozil, but he hesitated and the chance is lost. The Werder Bremen midfielder should have pulled the trigger. That was a decent chance.
GERMANY EQUALISE! Jansen nods Boateng's cross into the net. Muslera was all over the place. Poor goalkeeping.
GOAL FOR URUGUAY! Arevalo crosses and Forlan slams a volley into the net. Fantastic goal.
Butt makes two fine stops to halt Cavani and Suarez.
We are underway for the second period.
Fucile did well to nick that off the toe of Cacau as he prepared to shoot. The half finishes all square.
Suarez blows a golden chance to put Uruguay ahead. He screws that shot wide of goal when it look easier to score.
GOAL FOR URUGUAY! Perez tackles Schweinsteiger in midfield. Suarez sends Cavani in on goal and the slides that into the corner of the net. Lovely move by Uruguay. We are level.
Forland almost got a header on target, but Mertesacker got his body in the way.
GOAL FOR GERMANY! Muslera fails to hold Schweinsteiger's long-range shot and Mueller races in to tuck the ball home.
Ozil's corner is headed against the bar by Friedrich. So unlucky for Germany.
Forlan narrowly over the bar. That was a fine effort from the free-kick.
Aogo is booked for a horrific tackle on Perez. Lucky to avoid a stright red for that.
We are underway here. Uruguay are in blue, Germany all black.
And here's the latest on Michel Platini.
Spain striker David Villa tops the list of players nominated for FIFA's Golden Ball award. Find out who else is in the running right here.
The Golden Ball nominees are in! David Villa, Xavi, Andres Iniesta (Spain); Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben (Holland); Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Ozil (Germany); Diego Forlan (Uruguay); Asamoah Gyan (Ghana); Messi (Argentina). What do you make of the list, and who would you give the award to? Post your views below!
BREAKING NEWS - IT'S SPAIN! Octopus Paul goes straight in for the mussel inside the Spain box, and he is utterly unwavering in lifting off the lid and declaring the winner of the World Cup final! So, there you go: Spain are going to win the World Cup!
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