It all comes down to one game to determine the 2010 World Cup champion. On Sunday at a match time of 2:30pm Eastern either Holland and Spain will win their first ever World Cup title, and become the best football country in the world – and it will be a European team.
Holland reached the final stages by handing Uruguay a 3-2 defeat on Tuesday. On Wednesday, it was Spain who outclassed a very formidable German team 1-0. Spain was led by Carles Puyol’s header goal and some very strong defensive that stifled the German attack to put Spain into their very first World Cup final.
Again, the match will kick off at 2:30pm ET from Soccer City in Johannesburg on Sunday, July 11. Spain will try to become the first team to lose their opener and win the World Cup. The Dutchmen are back into the World Cup final for the first time since 1978 thanks to strong play from Wesley Sneijder, Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben.
Neither team has ever won the game’s biggest prize, although the Dutch twice appeared in the final in 1974 and 1978, losing to the hosts Germany and Argentina, respectively.
Spain, the reigning European champions, are looking to become the first team ever to lose their opening match in the Group stage and go on to lift the trophy, having suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Switzerland.
Since then, Xavi, Alonso and Iniesta have dominated midfield battles and were particularly impressive in their semifinal victory over Germany. They will have to continue to supply frontman David Villa against the Dutch, who have enjoyed strong support in South Africa, and in Wesley Sneijder, have one of the best players of the tournament.
The all-European final will be a colourful one both on and off the field, but will they be celebrating on the streets of Madrid or Amsterdam come Sunday?
The match will be shown on live TV in the U.S. on ABC at 2:30pm ET and perhaps online via streaming on ESPN3, although that’s TBA. Don’t be left in the dark without a live feed of this epic World Cup final. For live online streaming from the World Cup please click below.