One month ago, the hosts South Africa played Mexico in the opening game at Soccer City. The game featured a memorable strike from Siphiwe Tshabalala and their Macarena-esque celebration. Now, on the 11th July, the Netherlands and Spain go head to head to win the World Cup for the very first time.

The last month has seen some notable moments. The failings of France, Italy and England. The surprising success of the Netherlands, Uruguay and Ghana. The dullness of Portugal, Brazil and Spain. The goals from Maicon, Forlan and van Bronckhorst. The talent of Muller, Sneijder and Forlan.

With luck, today will be the last day there is any mention of the infamous and totally useless Jabulani ball, as leagues around the world go back the makers who know what they are doing in terms of football technology. And of course, the vuvuzela, who has only seemingly be drowned out at the end of the England v Algeria game.

The final countdown

But right now is all about the final. The Dutch against the Spanish.

Holland have played in a typically un-Dutch way. The usual Total Football approach abondoned by Bert van Marwijck, which has saw success. The team are undefeated in this tournament, five wins, no draws, no defeats. It isn't the Dutch we know and love, but they haven't fallen out and they are in their third World Cup final.

The group stages were a breeze, a 2-0 win over Denmark and they secured qualification with a 1-0 win over Japan. In their final game with Cameroon, which had no effect on the group, saw them win 2-1. The next round saw a comfortable 2-1 win over Slovakia before they came up against there first real test against Brazil. A cross by Wesley Sneijder was missed by everyone and ended up changing the game, the Dutch went on to win 2-1 and go to the semi finals. Here they beat Uruguay 3-2 to advance to the final.

Holland have made it to the final twice, in 1974 and 1978. In both tournaments they were arguably the best team with their so called Total Football.

For Spain, how they got here remains a mystery to me. They haven't played that well in any of their games, especially compared to the success they achieved in Euro 2008. The play hasn't been good but they have the most successful passes out of anyone in the tournament so far, over 150 more than the Dutch.

The tournament started out poorly for the Spanish, a 1-0 loss to Switzerland. They picked it up in the last two games to record a 2-0 win over Honduras and a 2-1 win over Chile. They edged past Portugal in the Second Round before scrapping past Paraguay and Germany to get to the final, they have only scored three goals in the knockout stages compared to the seven from the Netherlands.

This is the furthest Spain have gone in any World Cup, their best finish being 4th way back in 1950. The team now have moved on from their underachiever tag.

Key players

Both teams are fortunate not to have any injury issues. For the Dutch, Wesley Sneijder should be key for them. He has been an influential player and is currently joint top scorer of the whole tournament. Elsewhere on the pitch, Arjen Robben could prove to be difficult if he changes his predictable runs.

For Spain, Xavi and Andrias Iniesta have the potential to dominate the game. Their ultimate aim will be to get the ball into goal poacher David Villa, who with 5 goals so far this World Cup, is level with Wesley Sneijder, Diego Forlán and Thomas Muller on top scorer.

Big game predictions

Since it is the biggest sporting moment of the year, I feel this occasion deserves such special predictions. So, to that clever octopus who thinks he can predict, then he's got another thing coming. I can reveal not only the winner, but even more. So, the winner will be:

Holland 2-1 Spain (after extra time. Goals from Sneijder (32nd minute), Villa (58th minute) and Kuyt (102nd minute). There will be five yellow cards and Howard Webb will rule out a perfect goal for offside.

So the 2010 FIFA World Cup comes to the conclusion tonight. To those in the United Kingdom, you will be able to watch the match on either BBC1 or ITV1, thats if you can work out which commentator is better between Mark Lawrenson and Jim Beglin. The game kicks off at 19:30 GMT+1, this game only comes around once every four years, it is big, it is important. Even if you hate football, its worth a watch.

(Just to point out World Cup finals are rarely that good, I mean 1998 was alright, but yeah, don't come into this expecting goals, because it just won't happen.)

476 responses

  • RG11/07/2010 at 16:28

    I may have to watch ITV in return for RT my blog post. Thats with my insane prediction of a Netherlands - Spain final before the tournament even started.

    http://twitter.com/itvfootball/status/18281832884

  • RG11/07/2010 at 17:43

    Favourtie banner so far, English flag 'Can't play, Can Ref'.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 17:48

    (Just to point out World Cup finals are rarely that good, I mean 1998 was alright, but yeah, don't come into this expecting goals, because it just won't happen.)

    heehee. I do believe I had said so. :D

    Fantastic post RG, a lovely way to end things. I am predicting 2-0 to the Dutch, so hopefully they don't disappoint!

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 17:53

    I am really looking forward to this final even though logic suggests it should not be a massively interesting match

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 17:55

    I am really looking forward to this final even though logic suggests it should not be a massively interesting match

    A fan of the Dutch or the Spanish?

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 17:56

    A fan of the Dutch or the Spanish?

    I have always liked the way Dutch teams play so I have to go with them.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 18:06

    I heard someone on radio going on about Spain's record recently. I had no idea that it was just as good. They have lost 2 of their last 55 internationals and have been unbeated in their last 42 coming into the world cup

  • RG11/07/2010 at 18:08

    I heard someone on radio going on about Spain's record recently. I had no idea that it was just as good. They have lost 2 of their last 55 internationals and have been unbeated in their last 42 coming into the world cup

    Boring football but they are successful with it.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:08

    I have always liked the way Dutch teams play so I have to go with them.

    'Totally boring football'? ;)

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:09

    Boring football but they are successful with it.

    It wasn't boring. At least not at first.

    I am suddenly missing Luis Aragones. :(

  • RG11/07/2010 at 18:10

    It wasn't boring. At least not at first.

    In this World Cup.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:12

    In this World Cup.

    Oh. Seconded then.

    I really feel del Bosque is riding on Barcelona and Aragones' achievements.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 18:14

    'Totally boring football'? ;)

    Over the years they have had some great teams and played some of the most attractive football in history.

    And vanBronckhorst used to play in Scotland

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 18:17

    Hi folks,

    Just so you know, I have never ever seen a World Cup final

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:18

    Over the years they have had some great teams and played some of the most attractive football in history.

    I know. Germany '10 reflects Netherlands '74. That is partially why I wanted Germany to get to the final so badly.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:18

    Hi folks,

    Just so you know, I have never ever seen a World Cup final

    Hello Leigh! Join in the experience then! :D

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 18:19

    Hi folks,

    Just so you know, I have never ever seen a World Cup final

    Hello Leigh! Join in the experience then! :D

    Am most of the way through my race review - shall take a break for the action

  • RG11/07/2010 at 18:19

    I know. Germany '10 reflects Netherlands '74. That is partially why I wanted Germany to get to the final so badly.

    They say the best teams in the tournament don't win the World Cup... I think Germany have been the best this year.

    Hey Leigh

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 18:20

    hi ryan

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:21

    They say the best teams in the tournament don't win the World Cup... I think Germany have been the best this year.

    Yes, unfortunately. Well, they have at least 2-3 more WC to compete in and prove it false. ;)

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 18:22

    Hi Leigh. Finals can be great or they can be awful

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 18:24

    I had no idea two keepers had been winning captains. I knew Dino Zoff. I guess the other one was 1934 or 38

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 18:24

    Hi Leigh. Finals can be great or they can be awful

    To be honest, I've heard mostly poor things about them

  • RG11/07/2010 at 18:25

    Some final game for van Bronckhorst... hope he doesn't end it like Zidane did.

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 18:26

    On an unrelated note:

    @legardj

    How has Mark Webber celebrated his victory? With a packet of crisps! Told his mechanics unfixed his front wing and waved it at Vettel's team

    By the way, some of the Dutch guys are dreadful singers

  • Lukeh11/07/2010 at 18:28

    Watching the first half hour then watching something far more important - Rubens on Top Gear ;)

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 18:28

    To be honest, I've heard mostly poor things about them

    A lot of them have been dull. This one needs Holland to score early to stop Spain spending an hour and a half making 5 yard passes.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 18:28

    Some final game for van Bronckhorst... hope he doesn't end it like Zidane did.

    BBC reading the comments

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 18:29

    Watching the first half hour then watching something far more important - Rubens on Top Gear ;)

    Bet Rubens is watching the football

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:29

    Some final game for van Bronckhorst... hope he doesn't end it like Zidane did.

    OI! :P

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:29

    By the way, some of the Dutch guys are dreadful singers

    Most footballers are.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:31

    oops. missed the kick off.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:32

    btw, has anyone else has chosen their dream team?

  • Christine11/07/2010 at 18:32

    Mr C says: "Oh, that was a great fact. Nobody has passed a ball this World Cup more than.... whoever he said."

    GREAT fact!

  • me11/07/2010 at 18:32

    great post rg, lovely way to end the cup.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 18:32

    Mr C says: "Oh, that was a great fact. Nobody has passed a ball this World Cup more than.... whoever he said."

    GREAT fact!

    Facts like that add a lot to the conversation

  • me11/07/2010 at 18:32

    GREAT fact!

    meanie!

  • RG11/07/2010 at 18:33

    great post rg, lovely way to end the cup.

    Thanks Mr C :)

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 18:34

    For most people, this is Holland Vs Spain - as far as I'm concerned, this just eleven Jos Verstappen's against eleven Fernando Alonso's.

    Should be interesting

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:34

    I can't believe Ramos has just been compared to awesome!captain!Philipp. :(

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:34

    Brilliant save!

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:35

    For most people, this is Holland Vs Spain - as far as I'm concerned, this just eleven Jos Verstappen's against eleven Fernando Alonso's.

    Should be interesting

    :D

  • RG11/07/2010 at 18:35

    Good save from Stekel oh why do I bother I cant spell it.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:36

    Good save from Stekel oh why do I bother I cant spell it.

    Maarten Stekelenburg :D

  • RG11/07/2010 at 18:36

    Maarten Stekelenburg :D

    I'm going to copy that and paste it when required.

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 18:38

    For most people, this is Holland Vs Spain - as far as I'm concerned, this just eleven Jos Verstappen's against eleven Fernando Alonso's.

    Should be interesting

    :D

    For the statisticians out there, Robert Doornbos and Pedro de la Rosa are on the subs bench

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:39

    I am starting to consider giving Enyeama's space on my dream team to Stekelenburg. Looks like a lively lad.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 18:39

    This is very similar to the Germany Spain game. When the Dutch have the ball everyone spreads out and when Spain get it everyone crushes into a small area

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 18:41

    that would have been an awesome own goal

  • me11/07/2010 at 18:41

    are the netherlands sponsored by dynorod by any chance? i need some contrast adjustment.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 18:41

    Spain creating chances

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:42

    that would have been an awesome own goal

    I am pretty sure the dutch defense isn't nearly as culpable as that.

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 18:43

    that would have been an awesome own goal

    I am pretty sure the dutch defense isn't nearly as culpable as that.

    If I were there, I would have scored that

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:43

    Spain creating chances

    They finally seem to be playing a little like they did in the Euro. But not nearly that high standard yet.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:44

    Yellow card. Not surprised.

  • Pat W11/07/2010 at 18:45

    Evening, I'm a bit late

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 18:45

    hi pat

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 18:45

    Hi Pat

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:45

    Evening, I'm a bit late

    Hello Pat. You didn't miss much.

  • RG11/07/2010 at 18:46

    Evening, I'm a bit late

    Hey Pat.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 18:46

    Referee has evened up the yellow card

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:47

    Same offence as Robin. Unsurprisingly, another yellow.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 18:47

    I don't understand why Puyol felt the need to dive in like that so far from goal

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:48

    I don't understand why Puyol felt the need to dive in like that so far from goal

    I just don't understand Puyol at all.

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 18:49

    I don't understand why Puyol felt the need to dive in like that so far from goal

    I just don't understand Puyol at all.

    he has really awful hair too

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:50

    he has really awful hair too

    +1

  • Lukeh11/07/2010 at 18:50

    I don't understand why Puyol felt the need to dive in like that so far from goal

    I just don't understand Puyol at all.

    he has really awful hair too

    And he ran over my foot

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 18:52

    That was a bad one. Took his standing leg.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:52

    Yellow for van Bommel. Might become a battle ala Nuremburg here.

  • RG11/07/2010 at 18:52

    Oh look van Bommel goes in with a stupid challenge. It took 21 minutes as well, shocked with that.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:53

    Ramos gets a yellow too. :D

  • RG11/07/2010 at 18:53

    Yellow for van Bommel. Might become a battle ala Nuremburg here.

    4 already...Webb 'stamping his authority'

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 18:53

    Oh look van Bommel goes in with a stupid challenge. It took 21 minutes as well, shocked with that.

    Took 5 or 6 games to get the first one

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:53

    Oh look van Bommel goes in with a stupid challenge. It took 21 minutes as well, shocked with that.

    I had expected it to be within 5 minutes actually.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 18:53

    SPain go route 1??????????????

  • RG11/07/2010 at 18:54

    I had expected it to be within 5 minutes actually.

    I expected it within the first minute.

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 18:54

    @JRHildebrand

    Pulling for #ESP Spain today, because the Spanish have excellent accents and take naps in the middle of the day.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:55

    4 already...Webb 'stamping his authority'

    4 down, 12 more to go...

  • Pat W11/07/2010 at 18:56

    Anyone else flipping between BBC and ITV to decide the best commentary? :)

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 18:57

    Anyone else flipping between BBC and ITV to decide the best commentary? :)

    I have just left it on BBC so I don't have to deal with ads before the match or at half time

  • RG11/07/2010 at 18:57

    I have just left it on BBC so I don't have to deal with ads before the match or at half time

    or during the match...

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 18:57

    That is at least a yellow

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:58

    De Jong yellow. 11 more to go...

  • Christine11/07/2010 at 18:58

    Anyone else flipping between BBC and ITV to decide the best commentary? :)

    We've gone ITV.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 18:58

    That is at least a yellow

    Definite red

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 18:58

    ouch

  • RG11/07/2010 at 18:58

    Thats a red card that.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 18:59

    Alonso does not get a send off this time.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 18:59

    Beckenbauer got a ticket then

  • Pat W11/07/2010 at 18:59

    Anyone else flipping between BBC and ITV to decide the best commentary? :)

    We've gone ITV.

    I'm leaning that way purely to avoid Lawrenson

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 18:59

    I'm leaning that way purely to avoid Lawrenson

    Understandable. Who is on ITV?

  • Pat W11/07/2010 at 19:01

    Understandable. Who is on ITV?

    Not sure, I do know I've heard them before though.

    I expect I'll change to BBC for the break to avoid adverts and Chiles, then back again for the second half.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:02

    Picture quality is far better on ITV.

    BBC is the dark side.

    #blamelawrenson

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 19:02

    I'd like to see more of this guy; if only his voice wasn't so bloody annoying...

    http://www.balls.ie/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/sexymick.gif

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:03

    Sounds a bit like Ally McCoist but I think it is Craig Burley. No idea who the commentator is

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:03

    Mistake by Iker. How rare is that

  • Pat W11/07/2010 at 19:03

    Sounds a bit like Ally McCoist but I think it is Craig Burley. No idea who the commentator is

    I thought it was McCoist earlier in the tournament but was proven wrong, so I'm not sure he's there.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:03

    San Iker feeling like Superman today?

  • RG11/07/2010 at 19:03

    Oh dear Iker Casilas, almost embarrasing that.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:04

    I thought it was McCoist earlier in the tournament but was proven wrong, so I'm not sure he's there.

    Me too. McCoist is working for ESPN apparently and scouting players

  • Pat W11/07/2010 at 19:04

    Picture quality is far better on ITV.

    I like that they have louder background sounds from the stadium, gives it more atmosphere.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:06

    Wy give the ball to Robben when he has 3 defenders in front of him?

  • me11/07/2010 at 19:07

    missed!!

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:07

    Wy give the ball to Robben when he has 3 defenders in front of him?

    Because they might get a corner out of it?

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:07

    missed!!

    Woeful that.

  • RG11/07/2010 at 19:07

    Mathijsen, can tell he is a defender there

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:07

    Did Matijsen(?) use his standing leg?

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:09

    van Bommel testing the limits there. Any predictions for the 1st double yellow red card?

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:10

    van Bommel testing the limits there. Any predictions for the 1st double yellow red card?

    It's an English referee. They like to give three yellows to a red

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 19:11

    got to be honest, it's not the most invigorating game i've ever seen

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:11

    It's an English referee. They like to give three yellows to a red

    Okay. Any predictions for the 1st red - regardless of whether it is a double, triple or straight red?

  • RG11/07/2010 at 19:11

    got to be honest, it's not the most invigorating game i've ever seen

    I'm thinking of agreeing with you here.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:12

    Just an innocent collision. No foul

  • me11/07/2010 at 19:12

    Okay. Any predictions for the 1st red - regardless of whether it is a double, triple or straight red?

    triple?

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:13

    triple?

    Steven says:

    It's an English referee. They like to give three yellows to a red

  • me11/07/2010 at 19:14

    It's an English referee. They like to give three yellows to a red

    they get to choose? i'm still learning and it's the last game.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:14

    triple?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Poll

    At the last world cup in the croatia / australia game he gave someone three yellows before the red.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:15

    they get to choose? i'm still learning and it's the last game.

    They don't get to choose. Poll just made a monumental screw up. Everyone in the world knew but football being football the game carried on after the second yellow

  • Christine11/07/2010 at 19:16

    Casilas is being kept busy today.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:16

    they get to choose? i'm still learning and it's the last game.

    No, they don't. It is just some referees failed math.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:16

    Okay. Any predictions for the 1st red - regardless of whether it is a double, triple or straight red?

    van Bommel would seem a fair bet but there are a few other contendors

  • me11/07/2010 at 19:16

    They don't get to choose. Poll just made a monumental screw up. Everyone in the world knew but football being football the game carried on after the second yellow

    ahh right. cause he forgot/lost track?

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:17

    Casilas is being kept busy today.

    In good form today. A couple of nice saves.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:17

    Half time: Netherlands 0 Spain 0

  • RG11/07/2010 at 19:17

    In good form today. A couple of nice saves.

    I only remember one.

    Terrible 1st half.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:18

    ahh right. cause he forgot/lost track?

    Didn't write it in his little book. Most referees have a list of players names in their book. 1st yello card they put a diagonal line in his box and the second is an X. Somehow this was too complicated for him and his two assistants

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:18

    Not a great game but the good thing is it is not one sided. Either team could still win

  • me11/07/2010 at 19:19

    Somehow this was too complicated for him and his two assistants

    oh no maths!

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:19

    Terrible 1st half.

    I am watching highlights of 3rd/4th now to see what should have been the final.

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 19:19

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hyaZOTtSmA&feature=PlayList&p=EA996A73D51DDD30&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=25

  • RG11/07/2010 at 19:23

    Holland should be down to about 4 men here...

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:24

    Another error on Soccernet:

    Official(s): David Webb

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:24

    Holland should be down to about 4 men here...

    I think only de Jong should have a red

  • Pat W11/07/2010 at 19:25

    Another error on Soccernet:

    Official(s): David Webb

    The officials should be comedians Mitchell & Webb

  • RG11/07/2010 at 19:25

    I think only de Jong should have a red

    Was a slight exageration. But they haven't been pretty, I'm leaning on Spain to win, and I banned them.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:25

    Official(s): David Webb

    oops

  • RG11/07/2010 at 19:26

    Bloke trying to nick the trophy

    http://twitpic.com/24g9re

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 19:27

    Bloke trying to nick the trophy

    The man in the yellow looks scarily like Jack Bauer....

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:28

    Bloke trying to nick the trophy

    He is takling like van Bommel

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 19:28

    Also what channel is the actual football on? I can only assume it's half time now but both channels have some sort of football programme on....

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:28

    Bloke trying to nick the trophy

    Imagine missing the world cup final for being a moron

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:28

    Battle count:

    Johannesburg: 5 yellows in 1st half

    Nuremburg: 4 yellows and 1 (2nd yellow) reds in 1st half, 8 yellows and 3 (2nd yellow) reds in 2nd half

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:29

    Also what channel is the actual football on? I can only assume it's half time now but both channels have some sort of football programme on....

    BBC1 and ITV1

    Are you back from your hodilays?

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 19:30

    Are you back from your hodilays?

    Yeah this very evening I am back. I've had an exhausting day today just looking to mulch in front of the tv for a bit. Sadly I'm back at work at 6am :(

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 19:30

    So, at half-time, it appears that Jos Verstappen has had several accidents; some of which resulted in reprimand, while a frustrated Fernando Alonso has found himself unable to capitalise on his stronger machinery.

    Doornbos is standing by on the subs bench and may replace Verstappen at some point, however de la Rosa is still stuck securely on the sidelines.

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 19:31

    0-0??

    I'm glad I fell asleep over the first half.... :P

  • Pat W11/07/2010 at 19:32

    Clive Tyldesley is the other ITV man

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:32

    2nd half kick off!

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:32

    I'm glad I fell asleep over the first half.... :P

    ITV1 has the least annoying commentators

  • RG11/07/2010 at 19:33

    Clive Tyldesley is the other ITV man

    Oh, well back to the BBC then.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:33

    Clive Tyldesley is the other ITV man

    He is one of these people who is totally anonymous. He has been around for ever but I never recognise him when I hear him and I wouldn't recognise him if I saw him

  • Christine11/07/2010 at 19:33

    Now we're trying BBC pictures with 5live audio.

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 19:33

    Now we're trying BBC pictures with 5live audio.

    #needsmorecrofty

  • RG11/07/2010 at 19:34

    Now we're trying BBC pictures with 5live audio.

    5live have the best commentators.

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 19:34

    I'm hungry and want to go get takeaway... I'm thinking now is basically the ideal time for minimal queueing. Would I be missing a lot??

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 19:35

    Ant co-commentating would be ace

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:35

    van Persie was pushing his luck pushin Puyol

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:35

    Another defender missing from a corner chance.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:35

    Ant co-commentating would be ace

    When I used to play football on a Friday morning................

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:36

    Penalty

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:36

    Penalty

    For me a clear penalty

  • RG11/07/2010 at 19:36

    Penalty

    I would say no.

  • Pat W11/07/2010 at 19:36

    When I used to play football on a Friday morning................

    albeit I had better higher studs and more boots

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 19:36

    Penalty

    Nooooooooooo

  • RG11/07/2010 at 19:37

    Casilas touched it there, he's having a shaky game.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:37

    Nooooooooooo

    Why not miss Biemi?

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 19:37

    albeit I had better higher studs and more boots

    Sato was awful when it came to long balls, but was a great penalty taker

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:37

    Why not miss Biemi?

    Buemi

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:38

    Sato was awful when it came to long balls, but was a great penalty taker

    He hung about the penalty box while I created chance after chance in midfield then he got his photo in the paper for scoring one of them

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 19:38

    Why not miss Biemi?

    Buemi

    Hehehe they both ran off the field in a straight line next to each other...

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:39

    Hehehe they both ran off the field in a straight line next to each other...

    But one of them barged the other in the back

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 19:39

    But one of them barged the other in the back

    Meh. I don't like Spain.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:41

    van Bronckhorst yellow card.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:41

    van Bronckhorst yellow card.

    Soft yellow

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:43

    Are all these commentators getting paid every time they say jambalaya ball? Why not just say ball?

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:43

    Heitinga yellow card. 9 more to go.

  • RG11/07/2010 at 19:44

    5 yellows for the Dutch. Would be a fine in the Premier League

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 19:44

    this isn't getting any better to be honest

  • RG11/07/2010 at 19:45

    ITV pundit Andy Townsend: http://twitter.com/AndyDTownsend/statuses/18294584228

  • me11/07/2010 at 19:45

    Are all these commentators getting paid every time they say jambalaya ball? Why not just say ball?

    like firestone firehawks in indycar. you mean tyres? right.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:45

    this isn't getting any better to be honest

    Agreed.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:45

    this isn't getting any better to be honest

    Dire, really.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:45

    like firestone firehawks in indycar. you mean tyres? right.

    Exactly

  • me11/07/2010 at 19:46

    ITV pundit Andy Townsend: http://twitter…/statuses/18294584228

    genius

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 19:46

    I'm not enjoying this. I vote takeaway while it's quiet. Hopefully it'll be better when I get back :D

  • Pat W11/07/2010 at 19:46

    ITV pundit Andy Townsend: http://twitter…/statuses/18294584228

    ITV always lose massively to BBC in the final, I've no idea why they stick with it

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:47

    I'm not enjoying this. I vote takeaway while it's quiet. Hopefully it'll be better when I get back :D

    Good for you. I wanted to only watch the last few minutes for the result actually. My pals convinced me otherwise. :(

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:47

    Navas on for Pedro.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:47

    Spain have turned to Jesus. It will take a miracle to make this game better

  • RG11/07/2010 at 19:48

    Good for you. I wanted to only watch the last few minutes for the result actually. My pals convinced me otherwise. :(

    I'm watching it because there's no decent football on for a month.

  • Christine11/07/2010 at 19:48

    They all seem a bit tetchy. Anyone would think they were under pressure or something.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:48

    I'm watching it because there's no decent football on for a month.

    I am thinking of watching the Bundesliga this season.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:48

    Offside?

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:49

    ROBBEN MISS!

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 19:49

    oh dear......

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:49

    Offside?

    Nope

  • RG11/07/2010 at 19:49

    Oh Robben, you had a chance of saving this game and you let Casilas make a brilliant save.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:49

    Offside?

    No. But that was a wonderful save indeed.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:49

    Won't ever get a better chance

  • RG11/07/2010 at 19:49

    I am thinking of watching the Bundesliga this season.

    I've been persuaded by Paul who sometimes comments round here. Miles better than this rubbish

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 19:50

    I think I've seen this match before; it was once called the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:50

    Why try and pass it into the net when the keeper is on the ground? Bad decision

  • Christine11/07/2010 at 19:50

    Do we credit him for that save? He dived in the opposite direction. Looked more lucky than anything.

  • Pat W11/07/2010 at 19:50

    I think I've seen this match before; it was once called the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix

    haha :)

  • me11/07/2010 at 19:50

    I think I've seen this match before; it was once called the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:50

    Do we credit him for that save? He dived in the opposite direction. Looked more lucky than anything.

    The keeper is always credited if he gets anything in the way of a shot

  • RG11/07/2010 at 19:50

    Do we credit him for that save? He dived in the opposite direction. Looked more lucky than anything.

    He closed the ball down, stood up to it.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:51

    I've been persuaded by Paul who sometimes comments round here. Miles better than this rubbish

    Philipp, Thomas and Bastian = good football. Plus all the rest at Bayern... :D

  • Christine11/07/2010 at 19:51

    He closed the ball down, stood up to it.

    Ah. I have no idea what that means. Well done him!

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:51

    Do we credit him for that save? He dived in the opposite direction. Looked more lucky than anything.

    Like Maicon's goal, since it was saved by San Iker, it must have been divine intervention.

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 19:52

    He closed the ball down, stood up to it.

    Is that what we're calling toppling over the wrong way these days? :P I guess all that counts to him is that it isn't in the net...

  • RG11/07/2010 at 19:52

    Philipp, Thomas and Bastian = good football. Plus all the rest at Bayern... :D

    I was thinking Hamburg but then remembered Jol was at Ajax these days.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:52

    Ah. I have no idea what that means. Well done him!

    I think RG just meant making things difficult for Robben. :D

  • RG11/07/2010 at 19:53

    I think RG just meant making things difficult for Robben. :D

    Yes, that.

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 19:53

    i take it this will be going to extra time, right?

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:53

    Red card for that. Definite scoring opportunity

  • RG11/07/2010 at 19:54

    i take it this will be going to extra time, right?

    I think someone will sneak a goal before then.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:54

    Yellow card for Capdevilla! Only 8 more to go now...

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:54

    i take it this will be going to extra time, right?

    Not necessarily. The Dutch are making lots of chances now

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:54

    Red card for that. Definite scoring opportunity

    +1. I think Englishmen don't do well in football...

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:55

    Van Bommel won a free kick! Like wow! :p

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:55

    van Bommel was dopey there. Did he really expect to be able to turn while trapping the ball in this game.

  • RG11/07/2010 at 19:55

    +1. I think Englishmen don't do well in football...

    Webb is a terrible, biased ref who has had 3 good games in the World Cup.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:56

    VILLA MISS! WHAT?

  • RG11/07/2010 at 19:56

    Off the line, amazing stuff.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:56

    Great saver Stekelly bloke

  • Christine11/07/2010 at 19:56

    How did he miss that???

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 19:56

    wow - what a miss

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:57

    Great saver Stekelly bloke

    Stekelenburg and San Iker reigning here.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:57

    Elia on for Kuyt.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:57

    How did he miss that???

    #notForlan

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:58

    #notForlan

    :D

  • Christine11/07/2010 at 19:58

    #notForlan

  • RG11/07/2010 at 19:58

    Games picked up a bit, I think I'm upgrading it from terrible to rubbish.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 19:59

    Games picked up a bit, I think I'm upgrading it from terrible to rubbish.

    Aw. :D

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 19:59

    Games picked up a bit, I think I'm upgrading it from terrible to rubbish.

    Has the potential to become slightly meh

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 20:00

    Games picked up a bit, I think I'm upgrading it from terrible to rubbish.

    Has the potential to become slightly meh

    woh there - not too much....

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:01

    Villa should stop thinking he is Honda.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:02

    Had to be offside surely

  • Christine11/07/2010 at 20:03

    People need to stop passing to Villa. He's ruining all their shots.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:03

    People need to stop passing to Villa. He's ruining all their shots.

    They should sub Torres on for him. ;)

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:04

    Free header for Ramos and he launched it

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:04

    Ramos miss. Again.

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:04

    Free header, shoulda been a goal.

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:04

    I'll say that was the best chance of the match for Spain.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:04

    They should sub Torres on for him. ;)

    :D

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:05

    Iniesta hit him off the ball

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:05

    Iniesta raised his hand there

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:05

    Iniesta should get a yellow I think.

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:05

    Surprise, surprse van Bommel is involved.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:06

    Iniesta should get a yellow I think.

    Definitely. I have seen players get reds for that

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:06

    Surprise, surprse van Bommel is involved.

    As the victim. I think Iniesta was really at fault there.

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:07

    As the victim. I think Iniesta was really at fault there.

    He stood on Iniestas foot.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:07

    Someone needs to sort the colour balance on the overhead camera. Holland look like they are wearing pink

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:07

    Someone needs to sort the colour balance on the overhead camera. Holland look like they are wearing pink

    eeek. :(

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 20:07

    i don't know who, but one of the spanish chaps looks like a bearded alguersuari

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:08

    He stood on Iniestas foot.

    :D

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:08

    Someone needs to sort the colour balance on the overhead camera. Holland look like they are wearing pink

    On a similar note I'm not sure if you've seen Evertons new away kit, lets just say bright pink does not work

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:08

    He stood on Iniestas foot.

    I think it was just a normal tackle. Iniesta went down like ha had been shot then as soom as he didn't get the free kick got up and went for van Bommel

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:08

    i don't know who, but one of the spanish chaps looks like a bearded alguersuari

    Pique, me thinks.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:08

    On a similar note I'm not sure if you've seen Evertons new away kit, lets just say bright pink does not work

    +1.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:08

    On a similar note I'm not sure if you've seen Evertons new away kit, lets just say bright pink does not work

    They had pink a few years ago

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 20:09

    They had pink a few years ago

    Aye - it was a great half-time concert

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:09

    Aye - it was a great half-time concert

    :D

  • Christine11/07/2010 at 20:09

    We haven't seen the Holland half for ages, you gotta think Spain will do it at some point.

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:09

    They had pink a few years ago

    Did not know that.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:10

    Robben can't beat San Iker. Again.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:10

    How many fouls were made on Robben?? Wkae up Howard

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:10

    Oh Holland, Holland, Holland.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:10

    Ref has lost the plot

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:11

    Yellow card for Robben. 7 more to go.

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:11

    Ref has lost the plot

    Like most of his games last season.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:11

    Ref has lost the plot

    A long time ago.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:12

    Like most of his games last season.

    At the end of this the commentators and the press will all say what a great game he had

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:13

    At the end of this the commentators and the press will all say what a great game he had

    He is the only one who made it to the final after all...

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:13

    Fabregas on for Alonso.

  • Pat W11/07/2010 at 20:13

    There was a flurry of action with 10 to go to get a winner, but now it feels like they are playing to get extra time

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 20:13

    Like most of his games last season.

    At the end of this the commentators and the press will all say what a great game he had

    Kim Jong-il is running the press room?? Interesting....

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:14

    Kim Jong-il is running the press room?? Interesting....

    The English media is blind. Don't forget these are the same people who thought England were going to win this

  • Christine11/07/2010 at 20:15

    5live commentator hopes Spain will score to: "save us the pain of extra time."

    Even he doesn't want to watch it. That's encouraging.

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 20:15

    The English media is blind. Don't forget these are the same people who thought England were going to win this

    Blind or plain stupid..?

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:16

    The English media is blind. Don't forget these are the same people who thought England were going to win this

    And the same people who seriously ruined the chances of hosting the 2018 WC...

  • Pat W11/07/2010 at 20:16

    The English media is blind. Don't forget these are the same people who thought England were going to win this

    But if they didn't, they'd be accused of not backing the national team

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:17

    The 2nd time Robin couldn't hear the ref's whistle over the vuvuzuelas...

  • Lukeh11/07/2010 at 20:17

    Can someone just win?

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:18

    Can someone just win?

    Coin toss.

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:18

    Can someone just win?

    I wish Germany had beaten Spain.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:18

    I wish Germany had beaten Spain.

    I think everyone with the exception of punters, Paul and Spain themselves wished that.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:19

    Blind or plain stupid..?

    They watch the premiership and keep repeating 4 legs good 2 legs bad. Sorry I mean they keep repeating best league in the world and believe it regardless of all the evidence

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:20

    They watch the premiership and keep repeating 4 legs good 2 legs bad. Sorry I mean they keep repeating best league in the world and believe it regardless of all the evidence

    None of the players in the PL have performed this World Cup. I don't think its a coincidence either.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:21

    Full time of normal time: Netherlands 0 Spain 0

  • Lukeh11/07/2010 at 20:21

    I demand a refund

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:21

    None of the players in the PL have performed this World Cup. I don't think its a coincidence either.

    Only one who did anything was Boateng

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 20:22

    I demand a refund

    good luck there

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:22

    I think it can be summed up as the worst world cup ever ends with the worst final ever

  • Christine11/07/2010 at 20:22

    Better do something more useful. Shout if they go to penalties.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:22

    I am spamming FIFA on twitter for entertainment

  • Lukeh11/07/2010 at 20:22

    good luck there

    :)

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:23

    Only one who did anything was Boateng

    JEROME Boateng. Kevin Prince scored a goal but I don't rate him as highly.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:24

    I think it can be summed up as the worst world cup ever ends with the worst final ever

    But but but... The best German team ever! This could be the start of German football domination!

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:24

    JEROME Boateng. Kevin Prince scored a goal but I don't rate him as highly.

    No Jerome plays in Germany. Kevin plays in England and did better than any other premiership player I can think off.

  • Pat W11/07/2010 at 20:24

    But but but... The best German team ever! This could be the start of German football domination!

    They should be in the final. Then it might have been interesting

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:25

    I think it can be summed up as the worst world cup ever ends with the worst final ever

    Its a shame that the first African World Cup had to endure this football

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:25

    No Jerome plays in Germany. Kevin plays in England and did better than any other premiership player I can think off.

    He is going to Man city, so it is a matter of time anyway. :P

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:25

    They should be in the final. Then it might have been interesting

    :D

  • Pat W11/07/2010 at 20:25

    Alan Hansen saying there's no way 11 men should've been on the pitch after 45 mins let alone 90

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:27

    Emma thins it's dull too

    http://twitter.com/emmastonier/status/18298037909

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:27

    Alan Hansen saying there's no way 11 men should've been on the pitch after 45 mins let alone 90

    7 more yellows to Nuremburg record, 4 more send offs.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:28

    What was that? Feels like my school side.

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:28

    Emma thins it's dull too

    Is there anyone out there enjoying this match?

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:28

    Is there anyone out there enjoying this match?

    I bet even the players are sick of it.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:28

    I think the golden goal should be brought back instantly just in case it ends this misery

  • Lukeh11/07/2010 at 20:28

    Is there anyone out there enjoying this match?

    Someone on my twitter feed is

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:29

    What was that? Feels like my school side.

    Feels like a game I played in April. Rubbish game, tackles flying in, referee totally losing control. All it needs now is a fight and a keeper to get injured.

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 20:29

    Emma thins it's dull too

    Is there anyone out there enjoying this match?

    There's a drunk guy downstairs from me who's loving it

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:29

    I think the golden goal should be brought back instantly just in case it ends this misery

    :D

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:30

    Someone on my twitter feed is

    Have they watched a game before?

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:30

    I think the golden goal should be brought back instantly just in case it ends this misery

    :D

    I have suggested it to FIFA but less diplomatically

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:30

    FABREGAS MISS! WHAT????

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:30

    Good save from stupid named Dutch keeper

  • Lukeh11/07/2010 at 20:30

    Have they watched a game before?

    they have, I swear!

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:31

    FABREGAS MISS! WHAT????

    I think these teams don't want to score

  • Lukeh11/07/2010 at 20:31

    Good save from stupid named Dutch keeper

    stickclegelsnrburger

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 20:31

    Someone on my twitter feed is

    Have they watched a game before?

    the morphine is probably kicking off then

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:31

    they have, I swear!

    Madness... ;)

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:34

    Iniesta was looking for a penalty there. Shoot you moron

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 20:34

    Do Spain actually want to score?

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:34

    Iniesta didn't know what to do there

  • Pat W11/07/2010 at 20:34

    How are these teams at penalties?

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 20:35

    How are these teams at penalties?

    They'll probably miss every single one of them

  • Lukeh11/07/2010 at 20:35

    Someone bring Heskey on

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:35

    How are these teams at penalties?

    Makes no difference, World Cup final with millions of people watching you, pressure must be out of this world.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:35

    Van der Vaart on for De Jong

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:36

    Someone bring Heskey on

    YAY!

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:36

    I thought Jesus had saved us all again.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:36

    Navas misses. Same old same old.

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:37

    Spain have livened things up, more likely to score right now.

    When they remember how to shoot that is.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:38

    Spain are binging Torres on? Is that not like Fabio brining on Heskey?

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 20:38

    I've missed loads then.... :D

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:39

    Spain are binging Torres on? Is that not like Fabio brining on Heskey?

    Err, yes.

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 20:39

    I've missed loads then.... :D

    I slightly feel bad for the folks that paid to be there

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:39

    I've missed loads then.... :D

    So have all the players

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:40

    I am fairly certain that is not Torres

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:40

    I slightly feel bad for the folks that paid to be there

    The bloke who ran after the trophy deserves to lift it more than the players.

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 20:40

    I'm surprised they haven't taken Van Bommel off before he's sent off....

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:40

    Substitute your captain in a world cup final????????

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:43

    Only 15 more minutes of this.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:44

    Torres for Villa

  • Lukeh11/07/2010 at 20:44

    Villa off?

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:44

    Would have went two up front myself.

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 20:44

    Have they just taken off miracle golden boot boy before a penalty shootout?

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:44

    Last 15 minutes kicks off

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 20:46

    Have they just taken off miracle golden boot boy before a penalty shootout?

    I've not watched any football since I've been in Dubai so this is basically my whole understanding of what's going on....

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:46

    Have they just taken off miracle golden boot boy before a penalty shootout?

    Yes they have. This is being really really boring....

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 20:47

    Yes they have. This is being really really boring....

    It's just coming straight out and saying "we have no interest in trying to score...."

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:48

    Heitinga off

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:48

    Red card!

    Shame I had the money on van Bommel

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 20:48

    bye bye dutch chap

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:48

    2nd yellow for Heitinga. 1st Red! 6 more to go.

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 20:48

    Ah well they had that coming didn't they....

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 20:48

    Shame I had the money on van Bommel

    Me too :D

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:49

    Ironically that was the least dirty foul as well.

    Still a clear red though.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:49

    XAVI misses.

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 20:50

    I don't think a man down will affect the Dutch as much as anyone else though I mean they had van Nistelrooy for so long. He just wandered about offside....

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:50

    Van der Wiel gets a yellow too. 5 more to go...

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:50

    Ironically that was the least dirty foul as well.

    Still a clear red though.

    No different to Puy

    Ironically that was the least dirty foul as well.

    Still a clear red though.

    ol on Robben though

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:51

    Goalkeepers are the only stand outs in this game.

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:51

    Goalkeepers are the only stand outs in this game.

    Aye.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:52

    Arjen Robben looks like Matt Dawson. Never noticed before

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:52

    Robben been booked already? Thats a red card.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:52

    Robben courting 2nd yellow Robin-style.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:53

    Robben been booked already? Thats a red card.

    Yes for protesting Webb's weird interpretation of the advantage rule

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:53

    Robben been booked already? Thats a red card.

    Yes, but he isn't given a 2nd yellow, just a talking to.

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:53

    Yes for protesting Webb's weird interpretation of the advantage rule

    Ah yeah, I remember now.

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 20:54

    Robben been booked already? Thats a red card.

    For playing on? Surely you should play until you're in NO doubt... Like in tennis? There's no comeback for thinking you heard a whistle when there wasn't one...

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:54

    This clown is blind

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:54

    Definite corner there. *SIGH*

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 20:54

    That came off the defender then the goalkeeper?

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:55

    This clown is blind

    How blatent could it be. Does he want the player to dribble the ball out for a corner?

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:55

    For playing on? Surely you should play until you're in NO doubt... Like in tennis? There's no comeback for thinking you heard a whistle when there wasn't one...

    It is a yellow for not stopping when hearing the ref's whistle.

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:55

    GOAL!!

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:55

    1-0 Spain

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 20:55

    at last

  • Pat W11/07/2010 at 20:55

    Yes!

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:55

    Iniesta scores!

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:55

    Dad is saying its offside.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:56

    Mathijsen gets a yellow card. 4 more to go...

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 20:56

    Whoever the dutch defender that did the pirouette basically deserves OG against his name....

  • Lukeh11/07/2010 at 20:56

    Dad is saying its offside.

    Nowhere near!

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:56

    Dad is saying its offside.

    Doesn't know what hes talking about......

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:56

    Dad is saying its offside.

    Onside.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:57

    Yellow for Iniesta for taking off the shirt. 3 more to go...

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:57

    Shouldn't all the players on the bench who ran on the pitch be booked?

    #pedantic

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:57

    Dad is saying its offside.

    Doesn't know what hes talking about......

    I thought it was

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 20:57

    Shouldn't all the players on the bench who ran on the pitch be booked?

    I'm a big fan of timewasting today :)

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:58

    ITV say the corner was the one bad decision of the night. How bilnd are the media?

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:58

    I'm a big fan of timewasting today :)

    No, because subs aren't allowed to enter the field of play.

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 20:59

    Well, at least Alonso will be happy....

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 20:59

    I am pretty sure Webb would be shot dead if he steps on Dutch soil now.

  • Lukeh11/07/2010 at 20:59

    Lou: The team with the fernando and the alonso did something

    She's better than lawrenson

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 20:59

    I am pretty sure Webb would be shot dead if he steps on Dutch soil now.

    There is someone in Holland who can shoot?

  • RG11/07/2010 at 20:59

    I am pretty sure Webb would be shot dead if he steps on Dutch soil now.

    We've had to put up with his rubbish all season. I don't see why we wouldn't be allowed to do the same?

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 21:00

    brilliant

    @karunchandhok

    Gooooaaaaallll http://twitpic.com/24hf11

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 21:00

    Another yellow for Xabi

  • Lukeh11/07/2010 at 21:00

    On the plus side, Paul the Octopus wins more money at the bookies

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 21:00

    Yellow for Xavi . 2 more to go....

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 21:00

    Another yellow for Xabi

    :D

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 21:00

    There is someone in Holland who can shoot?

    Aw...

  • RG11/07/2010 at 21:01

    On the plus side, Paul the Octopus wins more money at the bookies

    He foils me on this occasion

    I'll be back in the Euros Paul.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 21:01

    Torres managed to injure himself. Only thing he has managed to do all month

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 21:01

    Torres' hamstring is gone again. I suspect he will be the next Michael Owen.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 21:02

    How long are we playing?

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 21:02

    Full time of extra time: Netherland 0 Spain 1

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 21:03

    so, why are the dutch players still protesting?

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 21:03

    I'm a huge fan of goalies running down to try and score. We had a proper local hero who saved Carlisle from the Conference league in the last minute of the last match of the season once... He didn't even play for them, he was on loan. I thought it was hillarious....

  • RG11/07/2010 at 21:03

    I'll say this now.

    Howard Webb should not be allowed near a football pitch for at least a year.

  • Lukeh11/07/2010 at 21:04

    Howard Webb should not be allowed near a football pitch for at least a year.

    Bit harsh

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 21:04

    so, why are the dutch players still protesting?

    Footballers do that

  • RG11/07/2010 at 21:04

    so, why are the dutch players still protesting?

    The referee is a muppet.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 21:04

    Howard Webb should not be allowed near a football pitch for at least a year.

    Bit harsh

    I don't think so. He as awful

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 21:04

    I don't think so. He as awful

    was not as

  • RG11/07/2010 at 21:04

    Bit harsh

    After being totally incompetent in the Premier League and the biggest game in football?

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 21:04

    so, why are the dutch players still protesting?

    The ref....

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 21:05

    was not as

    bad as Graham Poll?

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 21:06

    Gary Lineker says that was victory for football - someone must inform him how awful that match was

  • James11/07/2010 at 21:06

    I don't think so. He as awful

    It was a difficult game to referee, Holland set out to foul the Spanish players.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 21:07

    bad as Graham Poll?

    Worse

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 21:07

    Worse

    Not possible!!

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 21:07

    Gary Lineker says that was victory for football - someone must inform him how awful that match was

    Gary Lineker used to play for Spain

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 21:07

    It was a difficult game to referee, Holland set out to foul the Spanish players.

    And the Spanish players fouled them back. Fair play I say.

    bad as Graham Poll?

    Worse

    Seconded. Awful refereeing for such a big match.

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 21:08

    Seconded. Awful refereeing for such a big match.

    Don't get me wrong, he was very bad but any 6 year old can count to 2....

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 21:08

    ...and New Zealand were the only team that didn't lose in the tournament...

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 21:08

    ...and New Zealand were the only team that didn't lose in the tournament...

    WOOOOOOO

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 21:08

    It was a difficult game to referee, Holland set out to foul the Spanish players.

    A player sticks his studs in another player's chest and he gives him a yellow card. Give him a red, send him off and the fouling will calm down. He did a lousy job

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 21:09

    Gary Lineker used to play for Spain

    in Spain not for Spain

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 21:09

    ...and New Zealand were the only team that didn't lose in the tournament...

    Matching Scotland in 1974

  • Andy Taylor11/07/2010 at 21:10

    Could care less about the football. All that matters is that the octopus was right.

  • James11/07/2010 at 21:10

    and the Spanish players are now playing red instead of blue

  • James11/07/2010 at 21:11

    A player sticks his studs in another player's chest and he gives him a yellow card. Give him a red, send him off and the fouling will calm down. He did a lousy job

    Webb is one of the best refs in the world. hence why he was picked to ref this game. Other referees would have had a nightmare.

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 21:12

    Webb is one of the best refs in the world. hence why he was picked to ref this game. Other referees would have had a nightmare.

    I want the bald Italian man with the big eyes. You wouldn't mess with him...

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 21:12

    ITV keep saying the ref made one mistake and that was the corner. I think the one mistake he made was following his father into refereeing. Shame he didn't follow him into the Rotherham and district league

  • RG11/07/2010 at 21:12

    Webb is one of the best refs in the world. hence why he was picked to ref this game. Other referees would have had a nightmare.

    I'm not sure how he is, if anyone has seen the Premier League this season they would know he has had a total nightmare in it.

  • Lukeh11/07/2010 at 21:12

    I want the bald Italian man with the big eyes. You wouldn't mess with him...

    Collina the Cleaner

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 21:13

    hmmmm... webb getting booed

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 21:13

    Oooh Emirates ladies... those uniforms are so stupid!

  • James11/07/2010 at 21:13

    I'm not sure how he is, if anyone has seen the Premier League this season they would know he has had a total nightmare in it.

    then why was he picked for the final? there were other refs they could have picked.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 21:14

    Webb is one of the best refs in the world. hence why he was picked to ref this game. Other referees would have had a nightmare.

    I disagree. English referees let things go that others don't. Both teams knew ahead of time who the ref was and that informed their tactics. If it had been a strict disciplinarian we would have had a different game. Part of the reason he got the job was because England went out so early so there was no chance of conflict

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 21:14

    hmmmm... webb getting booed

    I am surprised he isn't pelted instead.

  • RG11/07/2010 at 21:14

    then why was he picked for the final? there were other refs they could have picked.

    He has 2/3 goodish games. Compared to the others who were making mistakes left right and center as well.

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 21:14

    hmmmm... webb getting booed

    Just tradition to give the ref grirf even when they have a great game

  • Lukeh11/07/2010 at 21:14

    I disagree. English referees let things go that others don't. Both teams knew ahead of time who the ref was and that informed their tactics. If it had been a strict disciplinarian we would have had a different game. Part of the reason he got the job was because England went out so early so there was no chance of conflict

    Really?

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 21:14

    then why was he picked for the final? there were other refs they could have picked.

    Because England has no chance of being in it.

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 21:15

    Are you allowed to go up and jump around with the trophy if you were sent off?

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 21:15

    I want the bald Italian man with the big eyes. You wouldn't mess with him...

    Collina the Cleaner

    I wish he had been the ref

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 21:15

    Really?

    I presume that is true to a large extent...

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 21:16

    Really?

    All the refs of the teams in the last 8 (I think) are disqualified from later matches

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 21:16

    I wish he had been the ref

    He might be the only ref that's famous for being a good ref not for doing something awful....

  • Lukeh11/07/2010 at 21:16

    All the refs of the teams in the last 8 (I think) are disqualified from later matches

    Even the uzbekistani man? I reckon he should've had a go. ;)

  • RG11/07/2010 at 21:17

    Even the uzbekistani man? I reckon he should've had a go. ;)

    Actually, he had a good tournament. I'd have picked him.

  • RG11/07/2010 at 21:19

    Spain win the World Cup.

    Same again for Brazil 2014 then?

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 21:19

    Even the uzbekistani man? I reckon he should've had a go. ;)

    Actually, he had a good tournament. I'd have picked him.

    A ref none of the players know would be interesting

  • Leigh O'Gorman11/07/2010 at 21:19

    Spain win the World Cup.

    Same again for Brazil 2014 then?

    see you then

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 21:20

    Same again for Brazil 2014 then?

    Germany for all international trophies from 2012-2022. :D

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 21:20

    Why would you take your shirt off if you had a dirty vest on underneath....

  • Steven Roy11/07/2010 at 21:21

    Why would you take your shirt off if you had a dirty vest on underneath....

    Looked like he had a Basque statement on it

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 21:22

    Looked like he had a Basque statement on it

    Ah. I just saw mucky...

  • RG11/07/2010 at 21:29

    Good news for Mrs C, Forlan wins the player of the tournament.

  • Marilene Riddle11/07/2010 at 21:31

    Good news for Mrs C, Forlan wins the player of the tournament.

    And for all who wants to know, Thomas Muller wins the Golden Boot and the Hyundai Youth Player Award. :D

  • Pat W11/07/2010 at 21:31

    Interesting play on District 9 on the BBC... the stadium as the spaceship

  • RG11/07/2010 at 21:36

    Some montage by the BBC, all done and dusted. See ya in a month football.

  • me11/07/2010 at 21:45

    thank you one and all for a making this a brilliant world cup.

    thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • me11/07/2010 at 21:45

    Good news for Mrs C, Forlan wins the player of the tournament.

    i shall pass that on now.

  • me11/07/2010 at 21:48

    Same again for Brazil 2014 then?

    pencil us in.

  • Alison11/07/2010 at 21:49

    pencil us in.

    Christine is going to kill you

  • me11/07/2010 at 21:51

    Christine is going to kill you

    oh yeah... that wasn't a commitment. just if we're still here.

    #balls

  • James11/07/2010 at 21:56

    oh yeah... that wasn't a commitment. just if we're still here.

    sidepodcast is around for the next 20 years or so. you'll be here :P