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Spain's Sergio Ramos Missed Header Opportunity
Sergio Ramos of Spain takes a header during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain
Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
2010 FIFA World Cup Photos
Spain defeated the Netherlands 1–0 in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final with a goal from Andres Iniesta with four minutes remaining from the end of extra time.
It was the first time since the 1978 final that neither of the finalists had previously won the World Cup. The Netherlands were runners-up twice before, losing 2–1 to West Germany in 1974, and 3–1 (after extra time) to Argentina in 1978. Reaching the 2010 final was Spain's best performance in the World Cup, having previously finished fourth in 1950 when the tournament had a round-robin final stage, and the quarter-finals stage in 1934, 1986, 1994 and 2002, when single elimination knock-out stages featured.
Spain became the 12th different country to play in a World Cup Final, and first new team since France in 1998. The Netherlands played in its third final without a win, surpassing the record it had shared with Hungary and Czechoslovakia.
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2010 FIFA World Cup Photos - Spain's Sergio Ramos Missed Header Opportunity
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