The 2010 World Cup Final: Netherlands 0-1 Spain


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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17 Responses

  1. yashin says:

    bravo Spain, sod Holland.

  2. Peter says:

    I think the Dutch were complaining about a foul on Elia rather than the free-kick touched by two Spain players before it went out. You’re still right of course – there was plenty of time for them to deal with Spain in the build-up to the goal, and it was defended poorly.

  3. Liam says:

    Re: that ball that almost deceived Casillas. If it had gone in, what would the Netherlands have done?

    The only recent precedent I can think of was when Argyle played Yeovil in the League Cup five or six years ago when Yeovil returned the ball to Argyle from a drop ball after an injury, only to find that Luke McCormick had gone walkabout for a moment and the ball bounced into the net and, after a heated discussion on the pitch, Yeovil allowed Stevie Crawford to dribble the ball and score to make the game even again.

    The million dollar question is – what would the Holland have done if that ball did go in the net last night? Webb would have to give the goal, but would Holland let Spain score? I know Yeovil allowed Argyle to score, but the League Cup is a million miles away from the final of the World Cup. What if the Netherlands allowed David Villa did score and he then went on to win the Golden Boot? Wouldn’t Muller feel a little narked by this?

    I wish the ball did go in last night – it might have made the game more entertaining than it was (intruiging my arse, Mr Lawrenson).

  4. Mark Murphy says:

    I believe, though I’m very open to correction on this one, that the referee’s scope under ungentlemanly conduct legislation might have led to a contested drop ball from where the Netherlands originally “gave it back” (although, given their tactics at the time, a contested drop ball might have infringed stadium health and safety regulations).

    And the Dutch did re-concede possession from the corner, so they might have been amenable. Might.

  5. sunil says:

    Kicking the corner to Casillas was probably a case of “see, we’re not a bunch of thugs all the time”. Hindsight is 20-20 of course, but I can’t see the Dutch not wanting a goal if it went in. And no way would they let Spain get a freebie. It’s one thing to give up the ball occasionally. It’s another to just lie down and die.

  6. Dar says:

    Should not have gone into Over-Time.

    De Jong should have been red-carded for that kick to the chest, meaning ten-men Holland, meaning a very likely Spanish goal before the 90-mins. are up.

  7. mick says:

    If the ‘returned’ ball to the keeper had gone in, then a goal must be awarded (the ball is in play).
    If the referee decided the player had been unsporting in his actions i.e deliberately scored, then he could cautioned him. Whether or not Holland would have then conceded a free goal is open to debate
    Do you recall Arsenal scoring against Sheffield United in a similar fashion several years ago.

  8. Martin says:

    World Cup finals are always like that as far as I can remember. 1990 was similarly belligerent with the same predictable hand-wringing afterwards too.

    Well done Webb for at least trying to take the players to task for such tactics.

    Spain’s defence and midfield were truly outstanding. The best team won the tournament. The best team always does.

  9. Martin says:


    That exact scenario happened at the crucial end of Wimbledon’s Conference South season in 2008/09 away at unlovely Bromley.

    Wimbledon put the ball out because of an injury (and the fact that they had just scored a late goal to make it 2-1 and possibly wrap up the title). Bromley took an uncontested throw to one of their players who shaped to pass it back to the Wimbledon ‘keeper as usual but instead took deliberate aim and scored a long-range goal obviously catching the ‘keeper by surprise.

    The Bromley players and bench then refused the referee and Wimbledon’s requests to allow Wimbledon to walk the ball into the Bromley net from the kick-off as would have happened at a higher level of football and with opposition of any decency whatever.

    The match ended 2-2 with the title still in the balance. Wimbledon won the title anyway but Bromley’s lack of sportsmanship will be remembered for a long time, especially as they had absolutely nothing to play for except possibly getting an undeserved draw against Wimbledon.

  10. Bobbles says:


    “Spain’s defence and midfield were truly outstanding. The best team won the tournament. The best team always does.”

    You missed 1974 then? Or indeed 1982.

  11. Martin says:

    The best team always wins Bobbles.

    That’s how football works, unless you are judging quality by something subjective other than goals and results?

  12. ejh says:

    Jimmy Sirrell lives!

  13. Red says:

    A couple of seasons ago there was a goal scored between in a Dutch youth team cup game which also occurred after an injury. Team A accidentally scored. DOn’t remember both teams – one of them was Ajax.

    THey let the other team score from kick-off right after that.

  14. sunil says:

    Bobbles, Holland (sorry, the Netherlands) 1974 was the better team, but West Germany was the best…

  15. nadav says:

    what a bad game! as a fc barcelona fan and a barcatizzy member i felt disappointed … whose to blame? ask de-jong! the best game of the tournament in my view was the fair battle for third, germany uruguay played the hell out for the love of the game! go number 3!!!!

  16. Martin says:

    Nadav, Germany and Uruguay played for absolutely nothing, NOTHING.

    Hence their score.

  17. drake says:

    did you know that spain got 200M$ just to win the world cup cool

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