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The Netherlands-Spain: 0-1

After the final whistle had blown, it was hard to witness the disconsolation of the defeated Dutch players, sharply contrasted by the elation of the new world champions. But Spain fully deserved their win. They kept their cool in a match that could have gone either way for the longest time, would have gone Oranje's way if Iker Casillas had had an off day, and finally went La Furia Rioja's way after 116 minutes of tika-taka, very little chances given, and the dirtiest tactics Oranje have ever employed.

I don't know what it would have said for football if Oranje had won. But Spain held it together and finally saw that brilliant break and pass from Fabregas to Iniesta seal the deal on aggregate. All hail the conquering heroes!

Now may they choke on it.

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