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Spain Wins First World Cup

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Sunday, July 11, 2010 - 10:11pm

Paul the octopus was right yet again as the World Cup final went into extra time before Andres Iniesta scored with just minutes left before penalty kicks to win Spain's first World Cup championship.

Spain won its last four games by a score of 1-0 -- a tight margin that characterized the month-long tournament. The World Cup featured a record 31 one-goal decisions out of 64 matches -- four more than the previous high set in 2002, according to STATS LLC.

This final was a physical test of attrition that sometimes turned dirty -- a finals-record 14 yellow cards were handed out and the Dutch finished with 10 men. In the end, it was Iniesta breaking free in the penalty area, taking a pass from Cesc Fabregas and putting a right-footed shot from 8 yards just past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg with about seven minutes left to play, including injury time.

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