The World football family watched as Andres Iniesta scored the first and last goal for the 2010 World Cup, with four minutes left in extra time to give Spain their first World Cup with a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands. “I am crying, I am crying, I have no voice, I have no words to describe how I feel, incredible, nervous, amazing. What an experience! I thought that throughout the game Netherlands weren’t playing football, they were only kicking the Spanish players. Maybe they thought we were the better team.” Said Xavier, a Spain fan.
As the curtain closed on World Cup 2010 hosted by South Africa, everyone was filled with mixed feelings. Like, Paul the Octopus, there were those who were sure Spain would win, even before the game began. Like Simba the Cat, there were those who were also hopeful that Netherlands would take the World Cup home…
Xavier Molina from Spain and Michel Pilger from Netherlands react to the result:
XAVIER MOLINA, SPAIN FAN, MATARO, SPAIN
I am crying, I am crying, I have no voice, I have no words to describe how I feel, incredible, nervous, amazing. What an experience! I thought that throughout the game Netherlands weren’t playing football, they were only kicking the Spanish players. Maybe they thought we were the better team. We are the better team and the best one! I am at home right now. I was watching the game with my girlfriend and communicating with friends via Twitter and Skype.
I am going to go out in the streets now. Everyone will go out to celebrate. You can hear the car horns, there are already lots of people out in the streets.
I’ve got a replica cup in my hands. I took it from my girlfriend’s hairdresser, who got it from someone from Brazil. I was so confident we’d win, I took a photo holding it earlier in the day.
MICHEL PILGER, HOLLAND FAN, LELYSTAD, THE NETHERLANDS
I confess I abandoned ship after 105 minutes so I missed the second half of extra time. I must say though the referee seemed fair and just. The play was in our half all of the time. Spain were relentless. We just didn’t play well. At times we were brilliant but we just didn’t play well tonight. We were all watching on big screens in the city centre here in Lelystad. It started off so hopeful but after 90 minutes, the atmosphere in the city centre changed. I am not in a happy state right now.
(Image via: Washington Post)