World Cup Final Summary

Spain's Xabi Alonso (L) gets a boot in his chest by Netherlands' Nigel de Jong as they fight for the ball during their 2010 World Cup final soccer match at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg July 11, 2010.   REUTERS/David Gray (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE)

Spain 1 – Netherlands 0

Let’s be honest: for everyone but the Spanish, this was a dull final.

At this point, FFG is not willing to expend energy analyzing the match, as it played out exactly as predicted.

Andres Iniesta’s 116th minute goal did prevent a penalty shootout, but other than Nigel de Jong’s moment of ‘soccer fu’ (pictured above), it was a pretty tepid affair.

And it’s all Bob Bradley’s fault.

Any thoughts, gringos?

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  1. Anonymous says:

    this was an ugly soccer match. 5 cards in 14 minutes? 9 cards overall (i think)? that ref had his hands full.

  2. Ruper J Pelfrey says:

    Did the ref have his hands full or did he make the work for himself? I’m not going to go so far as to say that FIFA was worried about it going to penalties and told the ref to make sure the game ended, but some of those cards (including the RED) looked suspicious!

    • Blake Owen says:

      Webb may have given out some early yellows too easily, but, for the most part, I think he was trying to avoid sending off players. In any game but a final, de Jong (remember – this is the dude who broke Holden’s leg) gets a straight red for his boot to the chest and van Bommel could have picked up 4 or 5 yellows for some of his challenges.

      Hietinga’s 2nd yellow was deserved. He was set up by Iniesta, but you can’t run someone over.

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