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Spain Wins 2010 World Cup Final

In a final match notable for play that was far from the best in a month of World Cup games, Spain beat Holland 1-0 to win the championship, its first.

The winning goal came in extra time, at about the 116th minute of the match,when Andres Iniesta scored for Spain with a shot that zoomed past the Dutch goaltender's outstretched hand into the net.

Anyone who paid attention to Paul the octopus wouldn't have been surprised since it had picked Spain to win.

After losing the first game to Switzerland, Spain won the remainder of its games making it into the final game for the first time.

For Holland, it was the third time to the final game, only to come up short.

Sunday's final in South Africa's Soccer City outside Johannesburg brought to an end the first World Cup held on the African continent.

By many accounts, South Africa was a successful host, giving a much needed boost to sub-Saharan Africa's most Westernized nation.

Nelson Mandela, 91, the first president of a truly democratic South Africa, and an international hero, attended the final match where he received a rousing greeting. He had missed the opening after his granddaughter was killed in a car accident on the eve of the World Cup.

Brazil is scheduled to host the next World Cup in 2014. We expect the sound of vuvuzelas will keep ringing in our ears until then.