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2010 FIFA World Cup
South Africa 2010
2010 FIFA World Cup logo.png
Tournament logo
Tournament details
Host countryFlag of South Africa.png South Africa
Dates11 June – 11 July (31 days)
Teams32 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)10 (in 9 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Spain.png Spain (1st title)
Runner-upNetherlands.png Netherlands
Third placeGermany.png Germany
Fourth placeFlag of Uruguay.png Uruguay
Tournament statistics
Matches played64
Goals scored145 (2.27 per match)
Attendance3,178,856 (49,670 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of Uruguay Diego Forlán
Germany Thomas Müller
Netherlands Wesley Sneijder
Flag of Spain David Villa
(5 goals each)
2006
2014

The 2010 FIFA World Cup was the 19th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It took place in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010. The bidding process for hosting the tournament finals was open only to African nations; in 2004, the international football federation, FIFA, selected South Africa over Egypt and Morocco to become the first African nation to host the finals.

The matches were played in ten stadiums in nine host cities around the country, with the final played at the Soccer City stadium in South Africa's largest city, Johannesburg. Thirty-two teams were selected for participation via a worldwide qualification tournament that began in August 2007. In the first round of the tournament finals, the teams competed in round-robin groups of four teams for points, with the top two teams in each group proceeding. These sixteen teams advanced to the knockout stage, where three rounds of play decided which teams would participate in the final.

In the final, Spain, the European champions, defeated third-time finalists the Netherlands 1–0 after extra time, with Andrés Iniesta's goal in the 116th minute giving Spain their first world title, the first time that a European nation has won the tournament outside its home continent. Host nation South Africa, 2006 world champions Italy and 2006 runners-up France were eliminated in the first round of the tournament.

List of qualified teams

The following 32 teams qualified for the final tournament.

AFC (4)
CAF (5+1)
CONCACAF (3)
CONMEBOL (5)
OFC (1)
UEFA (13)

Final Draw

Pot 1 (Host & Top seven) Pot 2 (Asia, North America & Oceania) Pot 3 (Africa & South America) Pot 4 (Europe)

Flag of South Africa.png South Africa
Brazil.png Brazil
Flag of Spain.png Spain
Netherlands.png Netherlands
Flag of Italy.gif Italy
Germany.png Germany
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina
England.png England

Flag of Australia.png Australia
Flag of Japan.png Japan
Flag of North Korea.png North Korea
South Korea.png South Korea
Flag of Honduras.png Honduras
Flag of Mexico.png Mexico
Flag of the United States.png United States
Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand

Flag of Algeria.png Algeria
Flag of Cameroon.png Cameroon
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.png Côte d'Ivoire
Flag of Ghana.png Ghana
Flag of Nigeria 001.jpg Nigeria
Flag of CHI.png Chile
Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay
Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay

Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark
Flag of France.png France
Flag of Greece.svg.png Greece
Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal
Flag of Serbia.png Serbia
Slovakia.png Slovakia
Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia
Switzerland.png Switzerland

Venues

Image Venue Location Capacity
Soccer City A2 Soccer City Johannesburg 84,490
800px-2011-02-06 14-57-32 South Africa - Bakoven 2 Cape Town Stadium* Cape Town 64,100
Durban Stadium Moses Mabhida Stadium* Durban 62,760
Ellis Park Ellis Park Stadium Johannesburg 55,686
LoftusStadium2010 Loftus Versfeld Stadium Pretoria 42,858
800px-Nelsonmandelabaystadium2 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Port Elizabeth 42,486
Peter Mokaba Stadium Peter Mokaba Stadium Polokwane 41,733
Mbombela-Stadium-Nelspruit- Mbombela Stadium Nelspruit 40,929
Freestate-stadium Free State Stadium Bloemfontijn 40,911
Royal Bafokeng Stadium Royal Bafokeng Stadium Rustenburg 38,646
  • As Green Point Stadium
  • As Durban Stadium


The following stadiums were all upgraded to meet FIFA specifications:

Squads

Each team's squad for the 2010 World Cup was consisted of 23 players whom 3 must be goalkeepers. Each participating national association had to confirm their final 23-player squad by 1 June 2010. Teams were permitted to make late replacements in the event of serious injury, at any time up to 24 hours before their first game.

Referees

AFC
Flag of Saudi Arabia Khalil Al Ghamdi
Flag of Uzbekistan Ravshan Irmatov
Flag of Malaysia Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh
Flag of Japan Yuichi Nishimura
CAF
Flag of Algeria Mohamed Benouza
Flag of Mali Koman Coulibaly
Flag of South Africa Jerome Damon
Flag of the Seychelles Eddy Maillet
CONCACAF
El Salvador Joel Aguilar
Flag of Mexico Benito Archundia
Flag of Guatemala Carlos Batres
Flag of Mexico Marco Antonio Rodríguez


CONMEBOL
Flag of Paraguay Carlos Amarilla
Flag of Argentina Hector Baldassi
Flag of Uruguay Jorge Larrionda
Flag of CHI Pablo Pozo
Flag of Colombia Oscar Ruiz
Brazil Carlos Simon
OFC
Flag of New Zealand Michael Hester
Flag of New Zealand Peter O'Leary
UEFA
Flag of Portugal Olegario Benquerenca
Switzerland Massimo Busacca
Belgium Frank De Bleeckere
Flag of Sweden Good one Martin Hansson
Flag of Hungary Viktor Kassai
Flag of France Stephane Lannoy
Flag of Italy Roberto Rosetti
Germany Wolfgang Stark
Flag of Spain Alberto Undiano Mallenco
England Howard Webb

Matches

Group stage

In the following tables:

  • Pld = total games played
  • W = total games won
  • D = total games drawn (tied)
  • L = total games lost
  • GF = total goals scored (goals for)
  • GA = total goals conceded (goals against)
  • GD = goal difference (GF−GA)
  • Pts = total points accumulated

The teams placed first and second (shaded in green) qualified to the round of 16.


Group A

Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup Group A
Team
v  d  e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 7
Flag of Mexico.png Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 4
Flag of South Africa.png South Africa 3 1 1 1 3 5 -2 4
Flag of France.png France 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3 1


11 June 2010
South Africa Flag of South Africa.png 1 – 1 Flag of Mexico.png Mexico Soccer City, Johannesburg
Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.gif 0 – 0 Flag of France.png France Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
16 June 2010
South Africa Flag of South Africa.png 0 – 3 Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
17 June 2010
France Flag of France.png 0 – 2 Flag of Mexico.png Mexico Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane
22 June 2010
Mexico Flag of Mexico.png 0 – 1 Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
France Flag of France.png 1 – 2 Flag of South Africa.png South Africa Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

Group B

Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup Group B
Team
v  d  e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9
South Korea.png South Korea 3 1 1 1 5 6 -1 4
Flag of Greece.svg.png Greece 3 1 0 2 2 5 -3 3
Flag of Nigeria 001.jpg Nigeria 3 0 1 2 3 5 -2 1


12 June 2010
South Korea South Korea.png2 – 0 Flag of Greece.svg.png Greece Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Argentina Flag of Argentina.png1 – 0 Flag of Nigeria 001.jpg Nigeria Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
17 June 2010
Argentina Flag of Argentina.png4 – 1 South Korea.png South Korea Soccer City, Johannesburg
Greece Flag of Greece.svg.png2 – 1 Flag of Nigeria 001.jpg Nigeria Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
22 June 2010
Nigeria Flag of Nigeria 001.jpg 2 – 2 South Korea.png South Korea Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Greece Flag of Greece.svg.png 0 – 2 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane

Group C

Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup Group C
Team
v  d  e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of the United States.png United States 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
England.png England 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
Flag of Algeria.png Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 -2 1
12 June 2010
England England.png1 – 1 Flag of the United States.png United States Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
13 June 2010
Algeria Flag of Algeria.png0 – 1 Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane
18 June 2010
Slovenia Flag of Slovenia.png2 – 2 Flag of the United States.png United States Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
England England.png0 – 0 Flag of Algeria.png Algeria Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
23 June 2010
Slovenia Flag of Slovenia.png0 – 1 England.png England Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
United States Flag of the United States.png1 – 0 Flag of Algeria.png Algeria Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria

Group D

Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup Group D
Team
v  d  e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Germany.png Germany 3 2 0 1 5 1 +4 6
Flag of Ghana.png Ghana 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
Flag of Australia.png Australia 3 1 1 1 3 6 -3 4
Flag of Serbia.jpg Serbia 3 1 0 2 2 3 -1 3
13 June 2010
Serbia Flag of Serbia.png0 – 1 Flag of Ghana.png Ghana Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
Germany Germany.png4 – 0 Flag of Australia.png Australia Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
18 June 2010
Germany Germany.png0 – 1 Flag of Serbia.png Serbia Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
19 June 2010
Ghana Flag of Ghana.png1 – 1 Flag of Australia.png Australia Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
23 June 2010
Ghana Flag of Ghana.png0 – 1 Germany.png Germany Soccer City, Johannesburg
Australia Flag of Australia.png2 – 1 Flag of Serbia.png Serbia Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Group E

Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup Group E
Team
v  d  e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Netherlands.png Netherlands 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 9
Flag of Japan.png Japan 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3 3
Flag of Cameroon.png Cameroon 3 0 1 3 2 5 -3 0
14 June 2010
Netherlands Netherlands.png2 – 0 Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark Soccer City, Johannesburg
Japan Flag of Japan.png1 – 0 Flag of Cameroon.png Cameroon Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
19 June 2010
Netherlands Netherlands.png1 – 0 Flag of Japan.png Japan Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Cameroon Flag of Cameroon.png1 – 2 Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
24 June 2010
Denmark Flag of Denmark.gif1 – 3 Flag of Japan.png Japan Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
Cameroon Flag of Cameroon.png1 – 2 Netherlands.png Netherlands Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town

Group F

Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup Group F
Team
v  d  e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay 3 1 2 0 3 1 +25
Slovakia.png Slovakia 3 1 1 1 4 5 −14
Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand 3 0 3 0 2 2 03
Flag of Italy.gif Italy 3 0 2 1 4 5 −12


14 June 2010
Italy Flag of Italy.gif1 – 1 Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
15 June 2010
New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.png1 – 1 Slovakia.png Slovakia Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
20 June 2010
Slovakia Slovakia.png0 – 2 Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Italy Flag of Italy.gif1 – 1 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
24 June 2010
Slovakia Slovakia.png3 – 2 Flag of Italy.gif Italy Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
Paraguay Flag of Paraguay.png0 – 0 Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane

Group G

Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup Group G
Team
v  d  e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil.png Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 2 +37
Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal 3 1 2 0 7 0 +75
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.png Côte d'Ivoire 3 1 1 1 4 3 +14
Flag of North Korea.png North Korea 3 0 0 3 1 12 −110


15 June 2010
Côte d'Ivoire Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.png0 – 0 Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Brazil Brazil.png2 – 1 Flag of North Korea.png North Korea Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
20 June 2010
Brazil Brazil.png3 – 1 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.png Côte d'Ivoire Soccer City, Johannesburg
21 June 2010
Portugal Flag of Portugal.gif7 – 0 Flag of North Korea.png North Korea Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
25 June 2010
Portugal Flag of Portugal.gif0 - 0 Brazil.png Brazil Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
North Korea Flag of North Korea.png0 - 3 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.png Côte d'Ivoire Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Group H

Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup Group H
Team
v  d  e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Spain.png Spain 3 2 0 1 4 2 +26
Flag of CHI.png Chile 3 2 0 1 3 2 +16
Switzerland.png Switzerland 3 1 1 1 1 1 04
Flag of Honduras.png Honduras 3 0 1 2 0 3 −31


16 June 2010
Honduras Flag of Honduras.png0 – 1 Flag of CHI.png Chile Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Spain Flag of Spain.png0 – 1 Switzerland.png Switzerland Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
21 June 2010
Chile Flag of CHI.png1 – 0 Switzerland.png Switzerland Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Spain Flag of Spain.png2 – 0 Flag of Honduras.png Honduras Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
25 June 2010
Chile Flag of CHI.png1 - 2 Flag of Spain.png Spain Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
Switzerland Switzerland.png0 - 0 Flag of Honduras.png Honduras Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

Knockout stage

Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup knockout stage

All times listed are South African Standard Time (UTC+02)

The knockout stage comprised the sixteen teams that advanced from the group stage of the tournament. There were four rounds of matches, with each round eliminating half of the teams entering that round. The successive rounds were the round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the final. There was also a play-off to decide third and fourth place. For each game in the knockout stage, any draw at 90 minutes was followed by thirty minutes of extra time; if scores were still level, there was a penalty shootout to determine who progressed to the next round.

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
26 June – Port Elizabeth            
 Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay  2
2 July – Johannesburg
 South Korea.png South Korea  1  
 Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay (pen.)  1 (4)
26 June – Rustenburg
   Flag of Ghana.png Ghana  1 (2)  
 Flag of the United States.png United States  1
6 July – Cape Town
 Flag of Ghana.png Ghana (a.e.t)  2  
 Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay  2
28 June – Durban
   Netherlands.png Netherlands  3  
 Netherlands.png Netherlands  2
2 July – Port Elizabeth
 Slovakia.png Slovakia  1  
 Netherlands.png Netherlands  2
28 June – Johannesburg
   Brazil.png Brazil  1  
 Brazil.png Brazil  3
11 July – Johannesburg
 Flag of CHI.png Chile  0  
 Netherlands.png Netherlands  0
27 June – Johannesburg
   Flag of Spain.png Spain (a.e.t)  1
 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina  3
3 July – Cape Town
 Flag of Mexico.png Mexico  1  
 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina  0
27 June – Bloemfontein
   Germany.png Germany  4  
 Germany.png Germany  4
7 July – Durban
 England.png England  1  
 Germany.png Germany  0
29 June – Pretoria
   Flag of Spain.png Spain  1   Third place
 Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay (pen.)  0 (5)
3 July – Johannesburg 10 July – Port Elizabeth
 Flag of Japan.png Japan  0 (3)  
 Flag of Paraguay.png Paraguay  0  Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay  2
29 June – Cape Town
   Flag of Spain.png Spain  1    Germany.png Germany  3
 Flag of Spain.png Spain  1
 Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal  0  

Round of 16

In this round, each group winner (A-H) was paired against the runner-up from another group.

  • South American teams again performed strongly in the round of 16, with four teams advancing to the quarter-finals including Brazil who defeated fellow South American team Chile.
  • England's 4–1 loss to Germany was their worst ever defeat at a World Cup finals.
  • Ghana defeated the United States to become the third African team to reach the last eight (after Cameroon in 1990 and Senegal in 2002).
  • Paraguay and Ghana reached the quarter-finals for the first time.

The round was marked by some controversial referees' calls, including:

FIFA President Sepp Blatter took the unusual step of apologising to England and Mexico for the decisions that went against them, saying "Yesterday I spoke to the two federations directly concerned by referees' mistakes [...] I apologised to England and Mexico. The English said thank you and accepted that you can win some and you lose some and the Mexicans bowed their head and accepted it." Blatter also promised to re-open the discussion regarding devices which monitor possible goals and make that information immediately available to match officials, saying "We will naturally take on board the discussion on technology and have the first opportunity in July at the business meeting." Blatter's call came less than four months after FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said the door was closed on goal-line technology and video replays after a vote by the IFAB.

26 June 2010
16:00
Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.gif 2 – 1 South Korea.png South Korea Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 30,597
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)
Suárez Soccerball 8'80' Report Lee Chung-Yong Soccerball 68'

26 June 2010
20:30
United States Flag of the United States.png 1 – 2 (a.e.t.) Flag of Ghana.png Ghana Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
Attendance: 34,976
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
Donovan Soccerball 62' (pen.) Report Prince Soccerball 5'
Gyan Soccerball 93'

27 June 2010
16:00
Germany Germany.png 4 – 1 England.png England Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Attendance: 40,510
Referee: Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay)
Klose Soccerball 20'
Podolski Soccerball 32'
Müller Soccerball 67'70'
Report Upson Soccerball 37'

27 June 2010
20:30
Argentina Flag of Argentina.png 3 – 1 Flag of Mexico.png Mexico Soccer City, Johannesburg
Attendance: 84,377
Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Italy)
Tévez Soccerball 26'52'
Higuaín Soccerball 33'
Report Hernández Soccerball 71'

28 June 2010
16:00
Netherlands Netherlands.png 2 – 1 Slovakia.png Slovakia Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 61,962
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)
Robben Soccerball 18'
Sneijder Soccerball 84'
Report Vittek Soccerball 90+4' (pen.)

28 June 2010
20:30
Brazil Brazil.png 3 – 0 Flag of CHI.png Chile Soccer City, Johannesburg
Attendance: 54,096
Referee: Howard Webb (England)
Juan Soccerball 34'
Luís Fabiano Soccerball 38'
Robinho Soccerball 59'
Report

29 June 2010
16:00
Paraguay Flag of Paraguay.png 0 – 0 (a.e.t.) Flag of Japan.png Japan Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
Attendance: 36,742
Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)
Report
  Penalties  
Barreto Soccerball
Barrios Soccerball
Riveros Soccerball
Valdez Soccerball
Cardozo Soccerball
5 – 3 Soccerball Endō
Soccerball Hasebe
-Soccerball shade cross Komano
Soccerball Honda

29 June 2010
20:30
Spain Flag of Spain.png 1 – 0 Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Attendance: 62,955
Referee: Héctor Baldassi (Argentina)
Villa Soccerball 63' Report

Quarter-finals

The three quarter-finals between European and South American teams all resulted in wins for Europeans. Germany had a 4–0 victory over Argentina, Netherlands came from behind to beat Brazil 2–1, while Spain reached the final four for the first time since 1950 after a 1–0 win over Paraguay. Uruguay, the only South American team to reach the semi-finals, overcame Ghana in a penalty shoot-out after a 1–1 draw in which Ghana missed a penalty at the end of extra time.

2 July 2010
16:00
Netherlands Netherlands.png 2 – 1 Brazil.png Brazil Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 40,186
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)
Sneijder Soccerball 53'68' Report Robinho Soccerball 10'

2 July 2010
20:30
Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.gif 1 – 1 (a.e.t.) Flag of Ghana.png Ghana Soccer City, Johannesburg
Attendance: 84,017
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (Portugal)
Forlán Soccerball 55' Report Muntari Soccerball 45+2'
  Penalties  
Forlán Soccerball
Victorino Soccerball
Scotti Soccerball
M. Pereira -Soccerball shade cross
Abreu Soccerball
4 – 2 Soccerball Gyan
Soccerball Appiah
-Soccerball shade cross Mensah
-Soccerball shade cross Adiyiah

3 July 2010
16:00
Argentina Flag of Argentina.png 0 – 4 Germany.png Germany Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Attendance: 64,100
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Report Müller Soccerball 3'
Klose Soccerball 68'89'
Friedrich Soccerball 74'

3 July 2010
20:30
Paraguay Flag of Paraguay.png 0 – 1 Flag of Spain.png Spain Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 55,359
Referee: Carlos Batres (Guatemala)
Report Villa Soccerball 83'

Semi-finals

The Netherlands qualified for the final for the third time with a 3–2 win over Uruguay. Spain reached their first ever final with a 1–0 victory over Germany. As a result, it was the first World Cup final not to include any of the four most successful nations: Brazil, Italy, Germany and Argentina.

6 July 2010
20:30
Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.gif 2 – 3 Netherlands.png Netherlands Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Attendance: 62,479
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Forlán Soccerball 41'
M. Pereira Soccerball 90+2'
Report Van Bronckhorst Soccerball 18'
Sneijder Soccerball 70'
Robben Soccerball 73'

7 July 2010
20:30
Germany Germany.png 0 – 1 Flag of Spain.png Spain Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 60,960
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
Report Puyol Soccerball 73'

Third-place play-off

Germany defeated Uruguay 3–2 to secure third place. Germany holds the record for most third place finishes in the World Cup (4), while Uruguay holds the record for most fourth place finishes (3).

10 July 2010
20:30
Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.gif 2 – 3 Germany.png Germany Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 36,254
Referee: Benito Archundia (Mexico)
Cavani Soccerball 28'
Forlán Soccerball 51'
Report Müller Soccerball 19'
Jansen Soccerball 56'
Khedira Soccerball 82'

Final

Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup Final

The final was held on 11 July 2010 at Soccer City, Johannesburg. Spain defeated the Netherlands 1–0, with an extra time goal by Andrés Iniesta. Iniesta scored the latest winning goal in a FIFA World Cup final (116'). The win gave Spain their first World Cup title, becoming the eighth team to win it. This made them the first new winner without home advantage since Brazil in 1958, and the first team to win the global showpiece having lost their opening game.

The match was affected by a large number of fouls. Fourteen yellow cards were handed out, more than doubling the previous record for this fixture, set when Argentina and West Germany shared six cards in 1986, and John Heitinga of the Netherlands was sent off for receiving a second yellow card. The Netherlands had chances to score, most notably in the 60th minute when Arjen Robben was released by Wesley Sneijder to be one-on-one with Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas, only for Casillas to save the shot with an outstretched leg. For Spain, Sergio Ramos missed a free header from a corner kick when he was unmarked. Iniesta finally broke the deadlock in extra time, scoring a half-volleyed shot from a pass by Cesc Fabregas.

This result marked the first time that two different teams from the same continent had become world champions in succession, and saw Europe reaching ten World Cup titles, surpassing South America's nine titles. Spain became the first team since West Germany in 1974 to win the World Cup as European champions.

A closing ceremony was held before the final, featuring singer Shakira. Afterwards, the former South African President Nelson Mandela made a brief appearance on the pitch, wheeled in by a motorcart.

11 July 2010
20:30
Netherlands Netherlands.png 0 – 1 (a.e.t.) Flag of Spain.png Spain Soccer City, Johannesburg
Attendance: 84,490
Referee: Howard Webb (England)
Report Iniesta Soccerball 116'

External links

2010 FIFA World Cup

Group A  · Group B  · Group C  · Group D  · Group E  · Group F  · Group G  · Group H

Knockout stage  · Quarter-finals  · Semi-finals  · Third place play-off  · Final

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