World Cup Final: Spain vs. Netherlands Live Stream [UPDATED]
Tonight’s the night! This is the moment the whole world stands still to watch football as Spain and the Netherlands (Holland) collide to claim their first-ever World Cup title. It will also be a first World Cup victory for a European team playing on another continent.
On the streets of South Africa, you can see a lot of Dutch and Spanish supporters trying to out-do each other, and tonight’s final is set to beat the audience for the opening ceremony at the 2008 Summer Olympics which attracted around 600 million television viewers. Ratings could be even higher if FIFA, football’s world governing body, could know exactly how many people watched online and through mobile phones.
The match will feature Holland’s unique attacking style against Spain’s ball possession technique. La Furia Roja came to this year’s tournament as clear favorites after their EURO 2008 triumph, but captain Iker Casillas has admitted they have been suffering from nerves throughout the tournament.
Oranje, on the other hand, have something to prove after losing consecutive finals in 1974 and 1978. And a victory would make Bert van Marwijk’s side the first team since the Pele-led Brazilians in 1970 to win every match en route to the trophy.
The game starts at 20:30 CET (2:30 p.m ET).
UPDATE: Andres Iniesta’s goal in extra time catapulted Spain to World Cup glory as they defeated the Netherlands 1-0 in a foul-filled final in Johannesburg.