After winning the Euro 2008, Spain arrived in South Africa with the spotlights marking them as the main contenders.
The campaign started with 10 wins in the qualifying stage, but the knockout stage gave the Spaniards some hiccups after losing to Switzerland, raising doubts on their potential. With marginal wins against Honduras, Chile, Portugal, Paraguay and Germany (the unforgettable header by Carles Puyol), Spain faced a Dutch side at its peak performance.
Players like Robben, Giovanni van Bronckhorst (captain), Robin Van Persie, Dirk Kuyt, Rafael Van de Vaart, Wesley Sneijder and Mark Van Bommel, just to name a few, were leading The Flying Dutchmen, but against a squad, with six Barcelona players, you could feel that the odds were in favour of La Roja.
During the 120 minutes, both teams battled fiercely for the FIFA World Cup Trophy, with the Dutch ending with one less man after Heitinga´s double yellow.
Only in the 116-minute, Spain´s Raging Bull was unleashed when Cesc Fábregas saw Iniesta on the right after a deflection from the opponent. The moment the ball reached the magician from Fuentealbilla, you know history was recording that moment. Each second became a frame of passion, tears and pumping hearts.
Iniesta´s 116-minute goal embodied the shout for glory from a nation that had waited until two years before to each its first major glory. 2010 gave the confirmation stamp that La Roja is one of football´s all-time legendary squads.
From the feet of Andrés Iniesta, Spain unleashed all its Furia Roja and celebrated by showing a white shirt saying "Dani Jarque: siempre con nosotros” (always with us) - Dani, had passed away in 2009 after spending all his career for Espanyol.
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