Watch Live Here: Spain and Netherlands set for 2010 FIFA World Cup final matchJuly 12th, 2010 - 1:23 am ICT by BNO News
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (BNO NEWS) — The 2010 World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands is set, as kick-off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., EST.
Nelson Mandela surprised the crowd in Johannesburg as he entered the stadium on a buggy prior to the final kick-off of the World Cup held in South Africa. Mandela, who has for decades fought for world peace and human rights, is a public icon not only for the African continent but the whole world. Accompanied by his wife, Graca Michel, the crowd received Madiba with a standing ovation mixed with the tournament’s rowdy trademark vuvuzelas.
In the final match, the Netherlands will be hoping to find the charm on its third trip to the World Cup finals, as it had previously disputed the finals on two occasions in the 1970s. Spain, the 2008 UEFA European Champions, will be appearing in the finals for the first time in its history, and is aspiring to become the second reigning European champ to win the FIFA World Cup, as only Germany has achieved this in 1974.
After losing their first match against Switzerland, Spain has won five consecutive games, including their semifinal win against Germany. The Netherlands, meanwhile, have enjoyed their undefeated streak in their six World Cup matches, including a quarter-final victory over five-time world champions Brazil.
Spain’s David Villa and Netherlands’ Wesley Sneijder have each scored five goals to place them, along with Diego Forlan from Uruguay and Thomas Muller from Germany, as the tournament’s top scorers, but with the upcoming match, Villa and Sneijder will be looking to finish at the top of the group.
Probable lineups for the final match are as follows:
Netherlands: Stekelenburg; Van der Wiel, Heitinga, Mathijsen, Van Bronckhorst; Van Bommel, De Jong; Robben, Sneijder, Kuyt; Van Persie
Spain: Casillas; Ramos, Pique, Puyol, Capdevila; Busquets, Alonso; Pedro, Xavi, Iniesta; Villa
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