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Friday 26 December 2014

Iniesta's joy at Spain's 'incredible' triumph

Iker Casillas of Spain kisses the World Cup trophy as the Spain team celebrate victory following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Iker Casillas of Spain kisses the World Cup trophy as the Spain team celebrate victory following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
David Villa holds the World Cup trophy after Spain's 1-0 win over Holland in Johannesburg
Iker Casillas, captain of Spain (C), celebrate with his team mates after they won the World Cup in a 1-0 victory over Holland at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg
Spain fans enjoy the atmosphere during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Spaniards celebrate in Madrid while watching on an outdoor tv screen Spain play The Netherlands in the FIFA World Cup Final on July 11, 2010 in Madrid, Spain
Fernando Torres of Spain lifts the World Cup trophy as the Spain team celebrate victory following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Iker Casillas, captain of Spain (C), and the Spain team celebrate victory with the World Cup trophy during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds up the World Cup trophy as he and other team members celebrate, as South African President Jacob Zuma, front right, and FIFA president Sepp Blatter, second from right in front, look on
Spain fans enjoy the atmosphere during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
The Spanish team pose for photographers with the World Cup trophy following the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa
The Spain team and staff celebrate victory with the World Cup trophy following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Sergio Ramos of Spain celebrates winning the World Cup during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
A Spain fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Spain fans enjoy the atmosphere during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
The Spain team celebrate winning the World Cup during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Sergio Ramos of Spain celebrates winning the World Cup during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Spaniards celebrate in Madrid while watching on an outdoor tv screen Spain play The Netherlands in the FIFA World Cup Final on July 11, 2010 in Madrid, Spain
Carles Puyol celebrates after Spain's World Cup final win over Holland
Eljero Elia of the Netherlands shows his dejection at the final whistle after losing the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Xavi Hernandez of Spain kisses the World Cup as he collects his medal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
David Villa and Sergio Ramos of Spain lift the World Cup trophy as the Spain team celebrate victory following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010
Spaniards celebrate in Madrid while watching on an outdoor tv screen Spain play The Netherlands in the FIFA World Cup Final on July 11, 2010 in Madrid, Spain
Sergio Ramos of Spain lifts the World Cup trophy amongst a melee of media and security following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Sergio Ramos of Spain kisses the World Cup trophy as the Spain team celebrate victory following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Spain's Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring a goal during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa
Fireworks explode as the Spain team celebrate victory with the World Cup trophy following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Maarten Stekelenburg of the Netherlands looks dejected as Andres Iniesta of Spain scores the opening goal late into extra time during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Spanish fans celebrate the goal as they watch in Barcelona's Plaza Espana a live broadcast of the World Cup soccer final between Spain and the Netherlands, which is being played in South Africa, on Sunday, July 11, 2010
Spanish fans celebrate Spain's Andres Iniesta's goal as they watch a live broadcast at Recoletos' boulevard of the World Cup soccer final against the Netherlands, which is being played in South Africa, in Madrid on Sunday, July 11, 2010
Spanish fans celebrate the goal as they watch in Barcelona's Plaza Espana a live broadcast of the World Cup soccer final between Spain and the Netherlands, which is being played in South Africa, on Sunday, July 11, 2010
San Fermin revelers at Pamplona's Plaza del Castillo watch a live broadcast of the World Cup soccer final, which is being played in South Africa, after Spain's defeated the Netherlands 1-0 on Sunday, July 11, 2010
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, back to camera, hugs Sergio Busquets after the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa
Andres Iniesta of Spain scores the winning goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Andres Iniesta of Spain scores the winning goal past Maarten Stekelenburg of the Netherlands during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Spain's Andres Iniesta, right, scores a goal past Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, left, during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa
Spain's Andres Iniesta, left, scores a goal past Netherlands' Rafael van der Vaart during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa
Andres Iniesta of Spain celebrates scoring the opening goal late into extra time during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Andres Iniesta of Spain celebrates scoring the winning goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Netherlands' Joris Mathijsen, left, holds the ball as he argues with referee Howard Webb after Spain's Andres Iniesta scored during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa
Referee Howard Webb of England, right, shows the red card to Netherlands' John Heitinga, left, during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa
Arjen Robben of the Netherlands chases Referee Howard Webb during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
David Villa of Spain misses a goal scoring chance as goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg of the Netherlands dives and John Heitinga and Gregory Van Der Wiel attempt to block during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Netherlands' Wesley Sneijder, standing right, helps his teammate Nigel de Jong, left, stretch as Spain's Xavi Hernandez reacts during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, left, makes a save above Netherlands' Robin van Persie, right, and Spain's Carles Puyol, bottom, during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, right, warms up as his girlfriend, Spanish television broadcast journalist Sara Carbonero, foreground left, works from the sidelines before the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa
Girlfriend of Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands, Yolanthe Cabau van Kasbergen, attends the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Sylvie Van der Vaart, wife of Rafael Van der Vaart of the Netherlands enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Sylvie Van der Vaart, wife of Rafael Van der Vaart of the Netherlands enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Sylvie Van der Vaart (C), wife of Rafael Van der Vaart of the Netherlands enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
A Spain fan enjoys the atmopshere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Football fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Netherlands fans enjoy the atmopshere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Netherlands fans enjoy the atmopshere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Girlfriend of Iker Casillas of Spain, Sara Carbonero, attends the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
A Spain fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Supporters of the Spanish team attend a public viewing of the World Cup final football match between Spain and Netherlands at Paseo Recoletos on July 11, 2010 in Madrid, Spain
A Spain fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
A Netherlands fan enjoys the atmopshere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Netherlands fans enjoy the atmopshere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
A Netherlands fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Colombian pop star Shakira, center stage, performs during the closing ceremony ahead of the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa
Supporters of the Spanish team attend a public viewing of the World Cup final football match between Spain and Netherlands at Paseo Recoletos on July 11, 2010 in Madrid, Spain
Soccer fans gather in Amsterdam's red light district, Netherlands, Sunday, July 11, 2010, ahead of the World Cup soccer final match between Netherlands and Spain
Netherlands fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Supporters of the Spanish team attend a public viewing of the World Cup final football match between Spain and Netherlands at Plaza Colon on July 11, 2010 in Madrid, Spain

Spain's World Cup final hero Andres Iniesta has spoken of "an incredible feeling" after his goal secured his country the trophy for the first time in their history.

The Barcelona midfielder scored in the 26th minute of extra time against Holland after being set up by Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas and Spain went on to triumph 1-0.

The match saw 14 yellow cards handed out by English referee Howard Webb, two of which led to a red for Holland defender John Heitinga - easily setting a record for a final - as Holland tried to 'win ugly'.

Iniesta said: "I can't quite believe this yet. I had the opportunity to score that goal that was so important for my team, and it's incredible.

"I've made a small contribution in a very tough game, a very rough game - there were all sorts of things happening on the pitch.

"Spain deserved to win this World Cup. It's something we have to remember and enjoy, and should feel very proud of everyone in this squad.

"The manner in which it happened, we gave everything," Iniesta said. "To win the World Cup - there are no words to describe it.

After he scored, Iniesta took off his shirt to reveal a T-shirt paying tribute to Daniel Jarque, the Espanyol player who died after a heart attack in August. The T-shirt said "Dani Jarque is always with us" and Iniesta explained: "I wanted to carry Dani Jarque with me and with my other team-mates. We wanted to feel his strength. We wanted to pay tribute to him in the world of football, and this was the best opportunity to do so.

"This is for Dani Jarque, for my family, for all of the people. It is the result of hard work over a long time and some difficult moments."

Spain's triumph had been predicted by Paul, the psychic German octopus, and Iniesta added: "As for the octopus, what can I say? We won. The octopus will be very popular in Spain."

Iniesta's press conference for the man of the match was interrupted by team-mates Fabregas, Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol, who burst into the room shouting: "Andres you're best!"

Iniesta, who had just been asked about Spain defending the title in 2014, replied: "I think that's a good answer to the question. Now's the time to enjoy this World Cup. We'll see what happens four years down the line."

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