It was a frustrating game of chances given and chances missed, a flurry of yellow cards, and massive bouts of theatrics. But after 120 minutes of play Spain emerged victorious, taking home their first FIFA World Cup trophy.
Spain and the Netherlands were stalemate at full time, so the game progressed into extra time – an additional 30 minutes of play. In the 116th minute of game play, 4 minutes shy of the end of extra time, Andres Iniesta netted one for his country.
It was a physical match, made worse only by the drama many players dispensed in response to rough challenges. The referee reacted accordingly; Howard Webb dispensed a record 14 yellow cards and sent one Dutchman off, forcing the Netherlands to finish out the game with only 10 men.
84,490 people congregated at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg to witness the monumental game, including heads of state, dignitaries, and celebrities of note. Nelson Mandela was present for the match.