The two nations left fighting for the prestigious 2010 FIFA World Cup title are Spain and Netherlands. Interestingly, neither nations have won the trophy in the past which means they’ll be setting history for their home country if the trophy goes into their favor.
Many European soccer fans penciled Spain into the final when they first saw the FIFA World Cup 2010 bracket. But only serious soccer fans had the Netherlands in the other half of their bracket. Those serious fans knew these two were among the best European teams in the field, and they have both lived up to expectations.
Netherlands is undefeated in World Cup 2010. After a perfect run through group play Netherlands held on to beat Slovakia 2-1 in the round of 16, and rallied in the second half to beat Brazil 2-1 in a huge upset in the quarterfinals. Netherlands beat Uruguay 3-2 in a wild, high-scoring semifinal game.
World Cup 2010 has been a challenge for Spain. Since an opening game defeat to Switzerland, coach Vicente Del Bosque’s team has been forced to fight for its life in a series of tight matches. La Furia Roja did control the match in the round of 16 vs Portugal but only managed a 1-0 win. The quarterfinal match against Paraguay was another typical nail-biter, with both sides missing penalty shots in the second half, and the Spanish side only pulling out the win with David Villa’s goal in the 82nd minute. Spain defeated Germany in another tight match in the semifinals, this time 1-0 on Carlos Puyol’s goal in the 73rd minute.
World Cup History Between Netherlands and Spain
Netherlands has been to the World Cup Final twice before but suffered painful losses on both occasions. Spain has never won a World Cup but they have made 12 appearances including three quarterfinals and one semifinal. The teams have played each other three times in World Cup play, with Netherlands holding a 2-1 edge.
2010 FIFA World Cup Final -
Sunday, 11 July 2010
Netherlands v Spain, F, 19:30